Staff Reporter

Rail link to Vallarpadom terminal

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday dismissed writ petitions challenging the acquisition of land for rail connectivity to the proposed International Transhipment Container Terminal at Vallarpadom.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice V. K. Bali and Justice S. Siri Jagan while dismissing the petition pointed out that the decision to accept the alignment through Vaduthala was arrived at after the matter was entrusted to an expert body and the final decision was taken by a high-power committee consisting of all concerned, including the experts. The matters such as this were to be decided by the expert body. The High Court could not exercise its jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution in these matters.

The Alignment No.1 using the existing track, which branched off from Pachalam to the goods station, had been put off as it was found not feasible in the techno-economic study. It would adversely affect a bird sanctuary and public institutions such as hospital, school, etc. The alignment through Vaduthala was found to cause least disturbance to the public, though the cost was slightly higher than the first alignment, the court observed.