Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government will share 50 percent of the total expenditure on Angamaly-Sabari rail project. The railway has estimated Rs 2,815 crore for implementing the project.
Sabari rail project via Erumeli was announced in the railway budget in 1997-98. When the project was announced, the railway estimated Rs 517 crore to execute the project.
Railway did not take much interest to implement the project even after including it in the budget. They have also taken a firm stand that the government should share 50 percent of the total expenditure on the project. Following this, the state cabinet decided to bear 50 percent cost considering the importance of the project.
Meanwhile, the state government put forward some conditions while accepting the demand to bear 50 percent cost. The government directed the railway ministry that they must take over the maintenance of Sabari rail.
A public-private partnership company must be assigned to complete the works for the development of the railway stations which comes under the project. The profit from this will be shared between the government and the railway. If the railway track is constructed till Punalur in Kollam, it can be extended to Tamil Nadu in future. The government is also considering this proposal.