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Pinarayi Vijayan gets PM assurance of support for semi-high-speed railway system in Kerala

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of the Centre’s “wholehearted help” to the state’s formidable SilverLine undertaking, a semi-high-speed railway system geared toward lowering journey time between Kasargod district within the state’s northernmost tip and Thiruvananthapuram in south — a distance of practically 600 km — it’s learnt.

Vijayan, who has within the nationwide capital for 2 days from Monday, had sought the Prime Minister’s help for the state’s growth initiatives. “The Prime Minister assured all help to Kerala’s growth,” Vijayan’s workplace mentioned on Wednesday.

In his first go to to Delhi after returning to energy, Vijayan additionally met Minister of Street Transport Nitin Gadkari, Petroleum Minister Hardeep Puri, and Railways Minister Ashwani Vaishnaw.

In accordance with sources, throughout his assembly with Modi, Vijayan additionally mentioned the Covid-19 scenario in Kerala, the place the Check Positivity Charge (TPR) continues to be excessive at 10 per cent. “The Prime Minister was satisfied of the factors raised by the Chief Minister and was appreciative of Kerala’s achievements within the well being sector,” an official mentioned.

Vijayan is learnt to have urged the Centre to supply the pending GST amounting to Rs 4,524 crore associated to 2020-21 monetary 12 months.

“The Chief Minister’s go to was to offer an enormous push to the infrastructure initiatives in Kerala. The Prime Minister assured all help to Kerala’s growth desires,” mentioned Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas, who was a part of Vijayan’s staff in his go to to the PM.

Kerala has already signed a three way partnership with the Railways for the SilverLine undertaking, estimated to price over Rs 60,000 crore. Niti Aayog has given the undertaking its go forward and it’s awaiting remaining clearance from the Railways, Brittas mentioned.

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