Kerala semi-high-speed rail project to connect TVM – Kochi airports
Thiruvananthapuram: The semi-high-speed rail line project proposed from the state capital to Kasaragod will connect the two airports, Thiruvananthapuram and Nedumbassery. The line will pass through all the major cities in Kerala.
With this rail line, airports can be accessed from any of the railway stations within two hours. This will help those expatriates, said K-Rail Managing Director V Ajithkumar during a special presentation on the Silver Line before the State legislators.
The aerial survey has been completed. The detailed report and alignment plan will be prepared next month. The semi-high-speed rail line (silver Line) passing through 11 districts has a length of 532 km. It will cover Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod distance in 4 hours.
- Daily commuters - 46,100 on road and 11,500 on train may shift to Silver Line
- Rs 530 crore (in the current price) worth petrol and diesel can be saved
- As many as 500 trucks will stay away from roads with the freight movement starting through Silver Line, in the form of 'RORO' service (Roll-on/Roll-off)
- In future special tourist services can be conducted
- IT parks to be benefited
- Only 1226.45 hectares of land is required for the project which is half the requirement of a four lane road
The Silver Line will be a green corridor connecting two new railway lines where trains can pass at 200km/hr. The 310 km from Thiruvananthapuram to Tirur will be constructed away from the existing lines because of the curves which will limit speed. From Tirur to Kasaragod, the 222 km will be parallel to the existing rail line.
The feasibility study was conducted by Paris-based engineering and consulting group Systra for K-Rail. The project has an estimated cost of Rs 66,079 crore. The major part of the fund will be raised through loans from international financial aid institutions.