Stop K -rail - save Kerala
Stop K -rail - save Kerala
Semi-high-speed rail project does not make sense: According to E Sridharan, India's best Technocrat Why does Sridharan sir say so??
When the country is going for high speed railways why is Kerala going for semi high speed railway? he asks Kerala says that semi high speed will cut costs but Sridharan disagrees because the cost will be same for both ground level and underground lines but he says that this project will make twenty thousand families homeless which is equal to lakh people which is unimaginable in a state like Kerala where people own only a few cents of land. The government is misleading the people in every respect about the cost of the project and all other factors including land acquisition. It is just an idea that evolved in the mind of some fools who do not know anything about the demography or geography or history of the state of Kerala.
Other particularly important impact will be the environmental impact. Around 20 million were affected by the flood which occurred after the heavy rainfall on 16th August 2018 in Kerala. Floods are quite common in Kerala year around. Landslides also occur frequently following rains in many parts of the Kerala state and causes large scale destruction and deaths. One sixth of the total population of Kerala was affected by the this above mentioned great flood of Kerala of 2018 and around 445 people were reported dead but it is not the exact but official figures while 140 were also reported missing.
All the 14 districts of Kerala were severely affected, and all these districts were on red alert at the time of this calamity. This flood which occurred after heavy rainfall was declared as a level three calamity by the Government of India. The calamity was extremely devastating, and the nature of the calamity was very severe on the ecological balance of the state. It is no wonder for KERALA - a narrow strip of land mass flanked by huge mountains in the east and sea in the west. In addition to this huge number of people are killed every year due landslides, cyclones, tsunamis, and other natural calamities. Droughts are also quite common in Kerala as in some years the rainfall becomes very poor.
Geographically too Kerala is not suitable for such a project. Kerala gets very heavy rainfall throughout the year especially throughout monsoon season. The huge amount water falling on the mountains need to be drained into the seas through the narrow rivers and wetlands, but the artificial manmade constructions are blocking free flow of water. The unplanned developments without taking the geography, climate into consideration and filling up the lands have taken Kerala to the brink of destruction. Yes, developments are necessary, but it should not be destructive. This is what today threatening already fragile Kerala like the sword of Damocles – krail (semi high-speed railway line), third railway parallel to the land mass. Why should a state like KERALA need three railway lines very closer to each other – starting from the same place and ending in the same place?? The funny part about all these three railways are only designed to begin and end in the two end points of the state. krail is going to be third line in thew same direction!!! This third line is going to block a lot of water bodies and paddy fields creating a huge destruction to the environment by blocking of free flow of water. Why should there be a third railway line in the same direction when two railways lines itself is a wastage.
According to Kerala’s geography, roads are more important than railways as they become necessary for people to reach their proper destinations. The roads are in the most pathetic conditions and in total negligence. The priority should be given to the development of roads which do not cause huge environmental damage like railways.
Kerala is at position three in India terms of population but twenty first in terms of area and is one of the most densely populated states of India. The population density of Kerala is 860 square kilo meters which is even double of the average population density of India. Therefore, the area which is tightly packed with population is prone to destruction. The Krail is going to break huge number of houses in the densely populated towns and villages through which it passes causing huge destruction to already fragile ecosystems. Does the government have any care for the future of this state when they are filling up wetlands and blocking free flow of rivers?
With the growing population, the area is becoming limited and therefore the people started construction at hilly places. The construction was taking place in haphazard manner without even checking the flow of water at the times of heavy rainfall. This unplanned construction and the failure of appropriate authority to regulate the same is also one of the reasons for devastating floods in Kerala. More people will migrate to hills as huge number of houses and farms are destroyed by the construction of the krail in the most densely populated area of the state. The destruction that is going to happen to the state is beyond imagination. It is time that all the people of Kerala and government wake up to this devastation.
The green cover in the state of Kerala has been eliminating since independence. In early 1900, the area which was covered under the Green cover was around 8 lakh hectare which is now reduced to 1 hectare only. The reduction of green cover in the state was because of rapid development. This has in turn reduced the water absorption capacity of land and caused water stagnation. This is one of the reasons of destruction. Huge number of trees will be cut and will result in vast erosion of soil causing destruction of river and its banks. It will also be destroying large number of flora and fauna which are rare and exotic. Why is the so-called environmentalists keeping mum to this destruction? Is it because of their political affiliations?
The activities of Mining and Quarrying has been increasing day by day and with this the soil is losing its grip. It can neither hold water nor the soil particles and therefore there were incidences of landslides also. The regions which were affected by the floods were already covered under the ecologically sensitive zones by a report which was prepared by the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel and mining, quarrying, using lands for a purpose without estimating the damages and constructing high rises along the land throughout the length of the state as the railway line passes will bring money to land mafia and building mafia and other mafias but will definitely will be the reason for the future extreme natural calamities. When it is done for a third parallel line is extremely foolishness and unbecoming of a land which is boasting good education standards.
Most of the natural calamities that are occurring round the world is due to unplanned development. We are under delusion that they are developing but we are developing at the cost of our nature will have devastating effect. It is the people’s responsibility to correct the wrong policies of the government. The government is not always correct, and they have their own selfish or other compulsions to impose this useless project on the state. It is the duty of the citizens to show them the correct directions. Is the citizens of Kerala willing to accept this krail destruction at the expense of the destruction of the state and its people? Think over – do we want to make the “God’s own country” to hell of destruction? Choice is with the people of Kerala!!!
It is pity that Kerala government is not taking any of these things into consideration but trying to impose it on the people by destroying more than twenty thousand houses and causing one lakh refugees uprooted from their ancestral villages destroying the social structure of the Kerala villages through which these rail passes. Where will government find accommodation for these refugees in a land scarce state like Kerala.
The biggest irony is that the existing railway is not working properly with severe late running trains. It is totally in a neglected state. If government can give good care of the two existing railway lines by improving the tracks and singling system, the trains can run almost closer to the speed of the semi-high speed. Krail is using standard gauge track and needs trains that can run in this special track which needs another bigger expenditure. Why should the debt-ridden Kerala go for such a huge wastage for four hours from Trivandrum to Kasaragod when the trains can do it with the improvement of the present tracks in six hours or in eight hours.
Let the proper wisdom prevail!!