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Pinarayi Vijayan gets PM assurance of support for semi-high-speed railway system in Kerala.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of the Centre’s “wholehearted support” to the state’s ambitious SilverLine project, a semi-high-speed railway system aimed at reducing travel time between Kasargod district in the state’s northernmost tip and Thiruvananthapuram in south — a distance of nearly 600 km — it is learnt.

Vijayan, who has in the national capital for two days from Monday, had sought the Prime Minister’s assistance for the state’s development projects. “The Prime Minister assured all support to Kerala’s development,” Vijayan’s office said on Wednesday.

In his first visit to Delhi after returning to power, defying Kerala’s three-decade-old political history of alternate governments by the Left and the Congress-led UDF, Vijayan also met Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Puri, and Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology Ashwani Vaishnaw.