SilverLine DPR: Line connectivity to airports except Kochi is not cost effective

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Thiruvananthapuram: SilverLine’s Detailed Project Report (DPR) released by Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (K-Rail) has cited the reasons why connecting airports across the state to the proposed railway line, except Kochi airport, is not cost effective.

According to the DPR, the proposed alignment of the semi high-speed railway line would pass far away from Kozhikode and Kannur airports. Thus connecting them will increase the cost.

Similarly, DPR points out that if the line has to pass near Thiruvananthapuram airport, then prospective commuters of K-Rail will be less. This in turn will not be profitable for the company. Though line passing near airport was deliberated, this was dropped due to lack of commuters on that route.

Meanwhile, connecting the line with Kochi airport is cost effective, says the DPR. For connecting both, a feeder service has been recommended. In this regard, K-Rail has reached a consensus with airport authority. Similarly, during second phase of Kochi Metro, Kakkanad and the line can be connected.

DPR also mentions the possibility of connecting the line with the proposed Kozhikode Light Metro project. According to the DPR, Kozhikode Railway station should come towards the right of Light Metro station while towards left SilverLine station should come.

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