Thiruvananthapuram: The Centre on Saturday approved the draft report for the construction of Thiruvananthapuram-Kannur high-speed rail corridor .

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation prepared the feasibility study for the project and submitted the report. The high-speed rail corridor project between Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur has a length of 430 kilometeers.  The trains can travel at a speed of 300 to 350 kms/hr. In the high-speed rail, the distance from Kannur toThiruvananthapuram can be covered  in 2 hours.

Presently, 12 hours is required for this journey. The rail will be constructed after raising the railway line from the base. This will be done to a distance of 190 kilometers.  146 kilometers will be constructed as underground stretch.

The high-speed rail will operate in electricity. It is estimated that the work for the corridor can be completed in nine years. Altogether 790 hectares of land will have to be acquired. In this, 450 hectares is private land. There will be nine stations in the high-speed corridor.  The stations are Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Chengannur, Kottayam, Kochi, Thrissur, Valanchery, Kozhikode and Kannur.  The main depot and station will be located near Kochuveli in Tiruvananthapuram . It is estimated that around 30 hectares of land have to be acquired for this purpose.

The rail project wil be constructed through areas where there is less population density. Buildings would not be constructed in the 15 meter circumference. However, cultivation can be done. 

The project is being implemented jointly by the centre and state government. The first round of discussion regarding funding for the project have been conducted with Japan International Corporation Agency.