Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw | Photo: PTI
Kochi: Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced that the Indian Railway would undertake development projects worth Rs 2033 crores this year in Kerala. He also stated that the railway is taking steps to improve the tracks and straighten curves, enabling trains to travel at speeds of up to 110 km in two years and 130 km in four years within the state.
The remark from the railway minister came after attending the flag-off ceremony of the Vande Bharat train by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.
Ashwini Vaishnaw expressed that the railway would undertake developmental initiatives to provide world-class services to passengers in the state. Rs 383 crore would be allocated to straighten railway tracks in the state.
"Within four years, the journey between Thiruvananthapuram -Mangaluru can be completed within 6 hours. Further, the journey time from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod will be reduced to 5 hours 30 minutes," Vaishnaw said.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi flagged off Kerala's first Vande Bharat Express, which will run from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod.
Prime Minister also inaugurated the Kochi Water Metro, one of its kind project that connects 10 islands around Kochi through battery-operated electric hybrid boats for seamless connectivity with the city.
Apart from Kochi Water Metro, rail electrification of the Dindigul-Palani-Palakkad section will also be inaugurated by the Prime Minister.