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Updated: February 10, 2010 19:45 IST

Cabinet clears high-speed railway corridor

Roy Mathew
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Kerala Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan.
The Hindu Kerala Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan.

The Cabinet on Wednesday gave clearance, in principle, for the establishment of high-speed railway corridors between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod, and Kochi and Palakkad.

Briefing the media on the Cabinet decisions, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation would be entrusted with a preliminary study on the project. The State Industries Development Corporation would be the nodal agency.

The Chief Minister announced that all fishermen and allied workers, who are members of the Kerala Fishermen’s Welfare Fund, and those receiving pensions from the Fund would be made beneficiaries of the scheme for providing rice at Rs. 2 a kg to the poor.

Mr. Achuthanandan said the Union government and the World Bank would be requested to recognise proposals for the second phase of the Jalanidhi and strengthening of local self governments as separate projects for assistance. An outlay of Rs. 1,200 crore had been proposed for assistance from the World Bank under each of the project.

The Cabinet, he said, decided to acquire land for the bypass connecting the M.C. Road to National Highway 49 on a fast track basis. An acre of land will be provided for the Tulu Academy at Kadabara village in Kasaragod district on a 30-year lease. A permanent Lok Adalat will be set up in Ernakulam.

The government will take steps to enforce the amendments to the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994, in Kerala. IAS officer S. Subbaiah, who is returning from deputation to the Centre, will be posted as Excise Commissioner.

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