SilverLine: Project cost may come up to Rs 1.60 lakh crore


K R Prahaladan

According to Kerala’s geography, the SilverLine rail will face very difficult situations. Kerala is a chain of small towns and has a high population density. Rehabilitation costs will exceed the estimated amount. Strong and deep foundation must be made as the soil is weak. The railway runs through complex terrains, including rivers and swamps.

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Kottayam: Alok Kumar Verma has raised harsh criticism against the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Thiruvananthapuram – Kasaragod Semi High-Speed Rail (SilverLine) project. The first part of his study on the project, since its DPR came out, was released on Friday. He told Mathrubhumi that the remaining parts will also be published in the coming days. Alok Kumar Verma has overseen the preliminary feasibility study of the high-speed railway.

He revealed that the project cost will be between Rs 1.40 lakh crore to Rs 1.60 lakh crore.

Other findings are listed below.

  1. According to Kerala’s geography, SilverLine rail will face very difficult situations. Kerala is a chain of small towns and has a high population density. Rehabilitation costs will exceed the estimated amount. Strong and deep foundation must be made as the soil is weak. The railway runs through complex terrains, including rivers and swamps.
  2. He pointed out many flaws in the project design. The track will pass through the middle of the existing station in Thrissur. Two existing tracks should be shifted 13 metres to the east to lay the track for SilverLine here. These arrangements can be made only by demolishing the station building. It must be made clear how the railway will reconstruct the third and fourth lanes when the SilverLine project is implemented. The SilverLine station will be set up over pillars that are 21 metres high. Major changes will have to be made to the existing tracks on either side of the station when the overbridges reach the overhead station. The details of carrying out such a construction remains unclear at present. Kochuveli and Ernakulam stations are also overhead and stand on pillars. Similar problems will arise there as well.
  3. Kozhikode station is proposed to be constructed at a distance of 41.86 m below ground level. The station will be reached by travelling through a 6.78 km long tunnel. The southern side of the tunnel will pass through areas with high population density. A tunnel will also have to be constructed through the base of Kallai Puzha. It is unclear whether the building above the ground level must be demolished while constructing the tunnel. The construction work at the base of the river needs to be made precise.
  4. The platforms and safety walls are up to 13 m high in areas where the track is on the ground level, which is a very high. The track that passes through tunnels and overbridges make only a small part. It is a serious issue that the study of water flow has not been carried out.
  5. No geological studies have been conducted so far. Land surveys should have been done. Only a very few samples seem to have been collected for studying the soil. Seismology and geomorphological studies also have not been conducted.

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