Thiruvananthapuram: K-Rail MD V Ajith Kumar said that the rock stones and construction materials required for the construction of the SilverLine semi high-speed rail project will be collected from neighbouring states. He was speaking at an explanatory meeting organised for members of the Kerala Legislative Assembly. Opposition MLAs did not attend the meeting.
According to the MD, Railways has agreed to transport the construction materials free of cost from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Contractors are responsible for delivering the construction materials, including rock stone and sand.
The stones are cheaper in Tamil Nadu and can be transported easily. The stones that are available in the state for Rs 15,000 can be bought from Pollachi for Rs 6,000.
The cost of the project will increase if it is not completed in five years. A burden of Rs 3,500 cr will be caused every year. The land is to be acquired within two years and construction is expected to be completed within five years. Ajith Kumar said that construction will be done in more than 100 sites simultaneously.
SilverLine can reduce road accidents and traffic jams to a large extent. As it is a joint venture with the union government, it is expected that the DPR will be approved soon, he said.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, several other ministers and LDF MLAs attended the meeting.