K-Rail proposes flyovers at 42 level crossings


KR Prahladhan

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Kottayam: Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (K-Rail) promised to build flyovers over 42 level crossings on the SilverLine Shorannur-Mangaluru route. The decision was taken in the meeting summoned between the State Chief Secretary and Railway Board Chairman over the project. The new proposal had been included in the meeting minutes.

However, the Southern Railways has not permitted to build flyovers over level crossings. It will be constructed as part of the SilverLine project. The Chief Secretary informed that the flyovers will provide Rs 1400 crores to the railways and assured that land worth Rs 975 crores allotted to the SilverLine by the railways will be considered as the share of railways. He added that the project will be an asset to both state and railways.

The Railway General Manager asserted that the officers in charge of the railway division and K-Rail officials will conduct a combined inspection over land procurement. In a meeting convened on December 6, 2021, the Railway Board members had expressed doubts regarding the expense of the project and the number of passengers estimated in the detailed study report of K-Rail.

The plan for the railway route, utilisation of land and details on the crossing of the existing railway tracks should be submitted to the board along with the evaluation report from railway zones. The board will examine these reports as well.

K-Rail’s claim that the passengers will opt semi-high-speed railway over the present railways will have to be reviewed, informed the board.

The present share value of railways in the SilverLine project is Rs 2150 crores. Chief Secretary has put forward the request to increase it further.

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