K-Rail's decision to adopt standard gauge for SilverLine project mired in mystery

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Thiruvananthapuram: K-Rail’s decision to adopt standard gauge for the SilverLine project instead of more reliable and efficient broad gauge railway lines used by the Indian Railway is criticized for being mired in mysteries.

In the feasibility study conducted by SYSTRA, an engineering and consulting group, it was suggested that the standard gauge was inadequate for the SilverLine project. However, the final report approves standard gauge. It is still a mystery why SYSTRA's finding was not taken into consideration.

The preliminary report was prepared under the guidance of Alok Verma. However, he later criticized K-Rail for preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) without even conducting a technical study.

However, K-Rail reiterated that the preliminary study report submitted by Alok Verma had serious shortcomings and failed to take into account the socio-economic situation in Kerala.

If so, it is unclear on what basis K-Rail drafted the DPR if they had their own concerns on a report prepared by Alok Verma.

Alok Verma alleged that the plan is to create a railway line exclusive to the state, which cannot be connected with the broad gauge used by the Indian Railways. However, K-Rail said that Alok Verma's draft recommendations were not considered in the final feasibility study report due to several shortcomings.

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