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SC order on developmental projects applicable not just to SilverLine: Kerala HC

The Kerala high court was referring to a recent ruling by the apex court directing a hands-off approach by the courts in dealing with pleas opposing major developmental projects in the country.

March 29, 2022 / 02:31 PM IST
Kerala High Court (File image: PTI)

Kerala High Court (File image: PTI)

Admitting it was wrong to stall the SilverLine project as pointed out by the Supreme Court, the Kerala High Court on Tuesday said the apex court has observed there needs to be a pan-India approach in such matters and therefore, this standard would be applicable to other projects in the country which face the same opposition as faced by the semi-high speed rail corridor in the southern state.

The high court was referring to a recent ruling by the apex court directing a hands-off approach by the courts in dealing with pleas opposing major developmental projects in the country.

Justice Devan Ramachandran said in view of that ruling and the apex court’s Monday (March 28) decision, dismissing the appeals against a high court order permitting the Kerala government to go ahead with its SilverLine survey, all large scale projects, including waterways, national highways and bullet trains, have to be dealt with the same yardstick.

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a batch of appeals against the Kerala HC order stating the state government has the powers to conduct a survey and mark properties appropriately for conducting a social impact assessment (SIA) in connection with the SilverLine project.