Thiruvananthapuram – Kasaragod Semi High-Speed Rail (SilverLine) Project

THE NEED FOR A PARADIGM SHIFT

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 560kms with an average speed of 45km/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 (SilverLine) corridor.

SilverLine will bring remarkable changes in local commute, by improving the travel time and quality of transportation. Every kilometre travelled by a person on semi high-speed rail is a kilometre not travelled in an automobile. There will be a substantial reduction in road accidents due to decongestion on roads. SilverLine also provides last mile connectivity which will transform people’s perception towards public transportation.

K-RAIL

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.

SILVERLINE PROJECT

The 529.45 km SilverLine corridor connecting Kasaragod and Thiruvananthapuram, with an operating speed of 200kmph, eases the transport between North and South ends of the state and reduces the total travel time to less than 4 hours, compared with the present 10 to 12 hours. The intermediate stations include Kollam, Chengannur, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Kochi Airport, Thrissur, Tirur, Kozhikode and Kannur.

SilverLine-ALIGNMENT

Alignment as approved by Kerala State Cabinet on 10.06.2020. The corridor width may vary from 15-30 m depending on the site conditions.
Alignment of SilverLine Corridor

PROJECT FEATURES

  • Substantial reduction in road accidents due to decongestion on roads
  • Savings in fuel consumption
  • Clean mode of transport
  • Noise mitigation
K-Rail
  • Reduction in Green-House Gas emissions due to a shift from conventional transport to SilverLine
  • 100% reliance on renewable energy sources
  • Rejuvenation of abandoned paddy fields
  • Scientific waste management
  • Owning and operation of Railway stations, Tourist trains, Sleeper trains, Restaurant cars will make SilverLine journey more attractive.
  • Will provide aggregator services on future demand.
K-Rail
K-Rail
Introduction of RORO facilities leads to transport of vehicles such as trucks, lorries, etc. in an environment friendly manner
  • Last mile connectivity by providing cab feeder services, share auto services, eBus services, bicycle/bike rental schemes
  • E-charging facilities for individual electric vehicles
K-Rail
K-Rail
  • Integration with Trivandrum and Kochi Airport
  • Connecting IT corridors – Technopark and Infopark
  • 50,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities during construction period of 5 years.
  • 10,000 employment opportunities during post project operation period.
K-Rail
K-Rail
  • Ergonomically designed interiors with ample leg space for passenger comfort, LED lighting, overhead luggage racks, power outlets for laptop/mobile charging and modernized toilets
  • LCD passenger interface which will display information in Malayalam, English, and Hindi.
  • Integration into One Nation One Card
Synergised development of cities, leading to overall acceleration in the development of the state
K-Rail
K-Rail
Under passage at every 500m of the corridor and provision of service roads along the alignment, boosts the value of land locked property
K-Rail

SPECIAL FACILITIES FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLED PASSENGERS

  • Extra wide gates
  • Wheelchair docking facilities in every coach
  • Tactile paths
  • Exclusive friendly toilets
  • Ramps at stations
  • Handrails
  • Braille letters in lifts and AFC gates
  • Voice guidance in ticket vending machines
K-Rail

SPECIAL FACILITIES FOR WOMEN PASSENGERS

  • CCTV surveillance in trains and stations
  • Customer care facility
  • Security staff in all stations
  • Zero tolerance towards drunkards and trouble makers
  • Feeding rooms.