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It is a proposed flagship project of the government of Kerala for High-Speed Rail (silverline) project. It is a semi-high speed railway corridor which will connect Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod and thereby enhancing the state’s railway infrastructure and economic growth. The total length of the corridor is 530.6 km. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 63,941 crores. The project’s new alignment will connect 11 districts and it aims to ease transportation along the entire north-south length of Kerala.
Fig 1: The Silver Line Project in map
Courtesy: IAS Gatewayy
Highlights of the Project
Feature of the Project
Progress of the Project
Kerala’s ambitious Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod Semi High Speed Rail (SHSR)project was approved in August 2019. The state government is going ahead with its effort to mobilize investments for the project.
In the beginning of the project, an aerial survey is done to identify the alignment of the rail project. It is done by LiDAR aerial remote sensing method. In the initial phase of the exercise, it covered the northernmost 80 km stretch from Kannur. It is the first vital step before commencing the work of Silver Line Project which will reduce end-to-end travel time across the state to four hours. The survey will help to identify the alignment very fast and start construction and will enable the authority to prepare DPR(Detailed Project Report). Silver Line project is the second rail project in India to use LiDAR survey. The LiDAR eye can detect things ranging from buildings, people inhabited areas, forests and bridges and enables to complete the alignment by avoiding things that are beneficial for people.
Fig 2: Lidar Survey
Criticism of the Project
Previously the Government announced that the corridor would be constructed parallel to the existing line, but the present alignment at many locations is up to 4 km away from the existing one. It will result in large-scale land acquisition.
The environmentalists are opposing it as the project can prove to be unimaginably disastrous to the fragile ecology of that region. The project can also trigger floods and landslides in the near future. But the Kerala Government is exploring sustainable solutions for it.
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