K-Rail likely to increase rail network mounted on pillars

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Thrissur: K-Rail officials would consider increasing the distance of the rail network mounted on pillars (sky path). Currently, 88 kilometres of rail network passes through sky path. K-Rail MD V Ajith Kumar shared this idea during an event held to familiarise people about the project.

It is learned that K-Rail has already tabled this proposal before the state government. However, it is unclear how it could affect the existing plan.

Currently, the 88 km sky path goes over paddy fields, wetlands and densely populated urban areas. It is suspected that air paths are recommended in areas where protests are strong.

According to K-Rail, it will cost at least Rs 50 crore per kilometre to shift the proposed ground lines to a sky path. For the 100 km stretch to be completed, at least Rs 5,000 crore will be needed. The total length of the SilverLine is 530 km. Of this, 442 km is on ground level.

Meanwhile, adopting a sky path can significantly reduce the risk of environmental calamities. However, the cost can be tenfold.

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