SilverLine Dominates Electoral Debate in Thrikkakara

Semi-high-speed train project is among the buzzwords in the constituency as a station in Ernakulam district has been proposed in Kakkanad

Semi-high-speed train project is among the buzzwords in the constituency as a station in Ernakulam district has been proposed in Kakkanad

With a war of words already underway between the two main fronts over who holds the key to the Thrikkakara Assembly constituency and their best interests at heart ahead of the next by-election, an assortment of issues appear to be dominating the electorate in the information technology center.

Development is definitely the buzzword as is the proposed SilverLine semi-rapid train project as Kakkanad is where a station is proposed in Ernakulam according to current factories. Infrastructure development, connectivity issues, narrow roads and drinking water issues are also among the top priorities of the electorate.

Aneesh Panthalani, president of Progressive Techies, an association of IT employees, laments that despite being a major IT hub hosting global customers, Thrikkakara still suffers from connectivity issues. “In this context, the proposed SilverLine project, a major connectivity boost, brings positive vibes. The development of infrastructure suitable for an IT hub to impress multinational clients is also lacking,” he said.

Mahesh AS, a 44-year-old assistant computer science and computer science professor, summarily dismisses the SilverLine project wondering if a debt-ridden state could afford it. “On the contrary, the focus should be on localized development projects that will improve and make life easier. For example, the extension of the Kochi Metro to Kakkanad should be accelerated,” he said.

Despite being neutral on SilverLine, 31-year-old teacher Sarathkumar MS has no doubt it will be a major deciding factor in the upcoming by-election with sympathy for UDF candidate Uma Thomas. He also believes that the decision of the late PT Thomas to challenge the Church by suppressing religious ceremonies could also be reflected in the vote.

Fawaz M. Babu, a 20-year-old B.Tech student and a second voter, cites respecting the opinions of young people who are brimming with new ideas as the main consideration when voting. He believes the emotional farewell received by the late PT was also due to his connections with young people. “In development, priority must be assessed and consensus must be reached with fair compensation for those affected before projects proceed,” he said.

Drawing attention to the fact that the actor’s controversial assault took place in Thrikkakara, writer NS Madhavan wondered in his tweet if it was not in Thrikkakara where the release of the report would be. Hema panel to address issues of sexual harassment and gender inequality in the Malayalam film industry would become an election issue. “After all, doesn’t women’s votes count? He asked.

As a housewife, Shyja TK remains concerned about soaring prices and its impact on the family budget, with wages not reflecting a corresponding increase. Originally from Kannur, she also supports SilverLine by deploring that there are not enough trains currently. “A project like this always opens up opportunities and creates jobs,” she said.

Mr. S. Anilkumar, Deputy Chairman of the Apex Council of the Thrikkakara Residents’ Association, said the woefully underdeveloped roads, lack of traffic reforms and acute shortage of potable water remained major issues facing the constituency. was faced. “In effect, the state government ignored the constituency represented by an opposition MP for two consecutive terms,” ​​he said.

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