K-Rail unlikely to make changes in DPR as demanded by Railway board

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Kottayam: K-Rail is unlikely to make changes mandated by the Railway board regarding the SilverLine project. K-Rail is mulling to make changes that would’nt affect the existing DPR which is contrary to the remarks made by state ministers on making adequate changes in DPR if needed.

The Railway board approached K-Rail demanding information on railway land needed for the project. The DPR was handed over to the board on June 24, 2020. K-Rail also provided an explanation for the technical enquiries concerning the DPR.

K-Rail recommended that railway land up to an average of seven and a half meters be acquired for the project. The board replied that there was no clarity over this matter.

Meantime, K-Rail also provided sketches on the project location and land use, along with the areas designated for building stations. However, they failed to provide information on whether the land identified for the project was set aside by Railway for other purposes. According to K-Rail, a study is undergoing on the matter.

The Projects Division stated that the details of the SilverLine originally tipped to run on a sky path, were shifted towards running on land. No details of this were produced before the K-Rail.

Interestingly, there was also a major disparity in the total project cost estimated by Niti Aayog and K-Rail.

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