DPR of K-Rail has flaws; speed limit only upto 120 kmph possible: Alok Verma


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New Delhi: Alok Verma, head of Systra India, which conducted the feasibility study on the Silver Line project, said that the detailed project report (DPR) released by the government has lot of irregularities. He pointed out that only 20% of the project alignment is included in the DPR published by the authorities. He said there is no information over the alignment in the DPR after Kottayam.

He claimed 30 per cent of the proposed road was full of curves. “There are ups and downs on the 200 lanes. If the train runs on such a track, there are chances for the coaches to feel the vibrations. The track can take a speed of only 120 kmph. This is not a semi high speed, its like a roller coaster ride in an amusement park,” he said.

So far, the DPR only mentions the 120 km alignment from Thiruvananthapuram to Kottayam.

He pointed out that there are 120 tunnels, including two large tunnels with a 3.5 km underground tunnel and a station in Kozhikode and a 2 km long tunnel in Kannur. The existing railway line in Thrissur will have to be completely replaced. The railways also said that three or four tracks will come along. The flyover will be built on the site after the railway station and tracks are removed, he added.

He said that this is evidence to show that no land survey had been conducted and that the proposed railway line runs parallel to the existing railway route from Thrissur to Kasaragod. He added 80 railway overbridges would have to be built along the route to facilitate the project.

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