Kerala SilverLine Project: Last week, the Kerala state cabinet gave its nod to start the process of land acquisition for the upcoming SilverLine- the semi high-speed railway project aimed at reducing the time of travel between the northern and southern ends of the state.
The project, estimated to cost Rs 63,940 crore, entails building a semi high-speed railway corridor through the state linking Thiruvananthapuram with Kasaragod. The proposed line, which is being executed by KRDCL, is 529.45 kilometres long. Once completed, the SilverLine will allow passengers to travel from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram in less than four hours on trains travelling at a speed of 200 km per hour. On the existing Indian Railways network, the current travel time is 12 hours, according to an IE report.
What’s the need for the SilverLine project?
Urban policy experts have been long arguing that the existing rail infrastructure in Kerala cannot meet future demands. Due to a lot of curves and bends on the existing stretch, most trains run with an average speed of 45 km per hour.
According to the government, the SilverLine project can take a significant load of traffic off the existing rail stretch as well as make travel faster and easier for passengers. Also, the project is expected to reduce the congestion on roads and help minimize accidents/fatalities.