CPM Government still needs to re-notify the extension of the tenure of the agencies assigned to carry out the social impact studies in connection with K-Rail. It indicates the ‘off track’ run of the K-Rail, the dream project of CPM Govt. When people’s protest shook the entire state against the acquisition of land for K-Rail and the installation of yellow stones in the acquired lands, CPM Govt had made it clear that it was social impact studies only and no land acquisition.
But, since Kerala High Court asked why the stones are installed while modern methodologies are available for social impact studies, CPM Govt appointed Geo-Tagging Agencies for the job. CPM Govt deployed Revenue Department staff for this activity. But, studies have yet to show any fruitful culmination. And the tenure mentioned in the notification expired. And, re-notification is not issued either. The individual file has reached the chief minister’s office from the revenue department, but the action still needs to be taken. And now, the discussion is going on to withdraw the revenue officers who have been idle for the last couple of months.
Even though CPM Govt had a plan of raising funds through the sales of shares, it did not materialize as the project did not get the nod of the Union Government. Consequently, CPM Govt started thinking about whether to go ahead. Central Railway Ministry has initiated to run of Vande Mataram trains. Its advantages are equal to what CPM Govt claims about K-Rail. Therefore, CPM Govt discusses the withdrawal of the project, which is likely to result in substantial financial liabilities. But, K-Rail authorities still need to receive communication in this regard. They state that social impact studies are stopped as re-notification has yet to occur.