Vaduthala residents' plea to candidates

Staff Reporter

Opposition to routing of proposed railway line through the locality

KOCHI: Vaduthala Janakeeya Samithi has called upon the ruling and the Opposition fronts to make their stands clear on the routing of the proposed railway line to Vallarpadom through the locality before the Assembly elections.

Samithi leaders said at a press conference here on Thursday that the candidates of the United Democratic Front and the Left Democratic Front should make their stands clear.

The samithi would organise a vehicle rally and people's convention in the city in the coming days to spread awareness about its cause.

An agitation, launched by the residents of Vaduthala under the banner of the samithi, against the routing of the proposed railway line to the international container transhipment terminal coming up at Vallarpadam has crossed 211 days.

The people had taken a pledge not to allow any survey for the work at Vaduthala.

People had resisted the move by the Railway officials to conduct the preliminary survey.

They have been continuing the agitation, reiterating that the plans to lay a railway line along the thickly populated Vaduthala, which already had a double line leading to the Ernakulam Town Station, would not be allowed at any cost.

The samithi leaders C.J. Antony, Justine Thomas and Sebastian Cyril took part in the press conference.