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Kochi: Kerala is far behind several of its neighbours in the eight-year report card released by the Indian Railways. No new route has been built in the state in the past 28 years. The Guruvayur route inaugurated in 1995 was the most recent one. Kerala is waiting for the budget to be presented on February 1.
The report card covers the period from 2014 to May 2022. In the past eight years, a new railway line of 405 kilometres was constructed in Tamil Nadu. While, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana established railway lines of 350 kilometres, 318 kilometres and 285 kilometres respectively.
According to the railways, land acquisition for new railway lines is the major issue in Kerala. Meanwhile, the authority is considering the inclusion of Sabari rail in the PM Gati Shakti programme. A Gati Shakti office was recently opened in Thiruvananthapuram and a chief project officer also took charge.
If the government announces a railway line in cities with a population of over half a lakh in the budget, Kerala will benefit from it.