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‘appease fears, take people away’ | Kochi News

Kochi: Deepika, led by the Catholic Church, published an article on Wednesday clarifying the Church’s position on the Silverline project.
The article, titled “Development: The Position of the Catholic Church,” says concerns raised by the public must be taken into account and the project cannot be blindly supported. He adds that the Church is not against development projects supported by proper studies and carried out with the support of the people.
While at first glance the project seems appealing to anyone who has encountered travel issues in the state, several questions have arisen about it, he says.
“The church has always welcomed development projects which are a need of the times and are for the good of the people… On the issue of K-Rail, there are strong apprehensions among people on the societal aspects and financial. The government did not take urgent measures to dispel the doubts of the population on certain aspects of the project. This creates doubts about the intention behind this project,” the article reads. The article also points out that the government must allay the fears of those facing deportation and that the use of police force was not the right way to deal with the issue. It also raises concerns about the cost of the project and its impact on state finances.
Father Micheal Pulickal’s article begins by saying that KCBC issued a clarification after various theories were floated about the protests against the project. Ruling party leaders said a second Vimochana Samaram was planned and the terrorists were aligning themselves with the Naxalites to overthrow the government.
The Church has always supported the development, the article said, adding that it handed over a church building for the construction of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in Thumba decades ago and several chapels to widen the roads.
“It should not be forgotten that those who now put an anti-development label on the Church are those who have a history of opposition to tractors and computers in the past,” the article states.


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