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, 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.
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.
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