PJ Joseph refutes Velu's remarks

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Kottayam, Feb 2 (UNI) Kerala Congress (J) leader P J Joseph, who is spearheading a campaign for the high-speed Mumbai-Kanyakumari rail corridor, today took strong exception to the manner in which Tamil Nadu ministers were trying to sabotage railway projects in Kerala.

Talking to newspersons here, Mr Joseph strongly criticised Union Minister R Velu's statement at Thiruvananthapuram that high-speed train was not feasible.

Refuting the minister's contention, he asked if high-speed train was feasible for Mumbai-Delhi sector why was it not feasible in Kerala.

The Union cabinet had approved the Mumbai-Delhi high-speed rail and the intention was to complete it by 2012, he said, adding, the construction cost of the Mumbai-Delhi sector and Mumbai-Kanyakumari sector would be the same.

The Prime Minister had already recommended conducting the techno-economic survey for the project, when a memorandum signed by 40 MPs was submitted to him.

Mr Joseph asserted that the campaign for the high-speed rail corridor would be intensified taking into account the larger interest of Malayalees in Mumbai and the tourism importance of the sector.

It would not be allowed to highjack as in the case of the four- lane roads. Out of the 15,000 km roads, not even a single km was given to the state, he lamented.

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