- Kerala is a small state with a total population of 3.45 crore people.
- The existing railway network and highways in the state are not amenable to faster travel.
- Average speed on the roads and trains is among the lowest of all regions in the country.
- Due to excessive number of level crossings and sharp curves, the fastest train takes about 12 hours for traversing a total length of 560 kms with an average speed of 45 km/hr.
- The train traffic in the existing double line between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod has increased manifold and some of the sections have capacity utilization of more than 115%.
- With the above in mind, the Government has decided to build a Semi High-Speed Rail(Silver Line) corridor.
Silver Line Project:
- The Silver Line Project launched by the Kerala government is a semi high-speed railway project that will reduce the travel time between the southern and northern ends of the state.
- The estimated outlay of this project is Rs.63,940 crore.
- Land acquisition was recently initiated for this project.
- The railway corridor will link the southern end and state capital Thiruvananthapuram with its northern end of Ksasragod.
- This 529.45 km long corridor will cover 11 districts.
- The travel time between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod will reduce from 12 hours to less than 4 hours.
- The intermediate stations include Kollam, Chengannur, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Kochi Airport, Thrissur, Tirur, Kozhikode and Kannur.
- K-Rail, Kerala Rail Development Corporation, is a joint venture company of Government of Kerala and Ministry of Railways for the infrastructure development of railways in Kerala.
- K-Rail undertakes project development works for an identified basket of projects, which will inter-alia include surveys, preparation of Detailed project Report(DPR) and getting requisite approvals, processing for sanctioning of identified projects and implementation of the sanctioned project.