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About K-Rail

Kerala Rail Development Corporation (K-Rail) is a Joint Venture company of Government of Kerala and Ministry of Railways. K-Rail aims to be a leading organisation in the field of development, redevelopment, operation and maintenance of railway works with passenger amenities of international standards and aims to complete the projects with high standards of safety, comfort, value-added services and efficiency by adopting the best technological practices, sound financial strategy and optimum utilisation of the resource.


Honourable Chief Minister speaks about K-Rail’s SilverLine
Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala in the Assembly said, “We are here not to inconvenience the people. But, to help the people. The impact will be minimal and the rehabilitation of those being displaced will be taken care. The High Speed Rail Corridor is costly and will take time. The Cabinet has already given its approval to the Detailed Project Report (DPR), submitted by the implementing agency Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (K-Rail), a joint venture of the Indian Railways and the State government.
The DPR is under Centre’s scrutiny. The project has already received in-principle approval of the Centre, he said while appealing to the Opposition not to fall to the campaign launched by vested interests to topple the project. Only 9,314 buildings will be affected by SilverLine and 88 km of the 115 km passing through paddy fields will be elevated.
SilverLine will be running parallel to the existing railway line from Kasaragod to Tirur, he said while a green-field alignment has been chosen for Tirur - Kochuveli stretch. International financial institutions are being approached as the cost sharing project between State and railways is estimated at Rs.63, 941 crore.
Minister for Public Works Shri. G. Sudhakaran speaks about SilverLine
In Kerala, people prefer the Railway more than any other mode of travel. It has become essential for the state to develop the existing railway system. But the basic development in the railway has not taken place as desired. It takes 12 to 14 hours to cover the 575 km stretch between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod. The number of stops and innumerable curves in this railway path is making the journey delayed and also taking too much time to complete.
Adding to the woes, the construction of a new railway line has been delayed and this is posing difficulty to bring additional train services. In view of this, the State Government and the Ministry of Railways have jointly formed the Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited, a joint venture company in 2017 to accelerate the development of railways and improve its infrastructure in Kerala. The Central Government and the Union Ministry of Railways have promised all possible assistance and help to make the semi high-speed railway corridor a reality.
SilverLine found mention in Kerala Budget Speech
“The SilverLine - Semi High Speed Rail project worth Rs.63,941 crore will be implemented through Kerala Rail Development Corporation, a joint venture of the Central and State Governments. In 2021-22, the land acquisition activities will be started after completing necessary environmental assessment and clearance.
KRDCL will also undertake construction of railway lines such as Thalassery-Mysore and Nilambur- Nanjangud,” said Shri. Thomas Issac, Finance Minister, in Kerala Budget Speech.
Feasibility Report on the new coaching terminal to come up at Kochi
Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited has submitted a feasibility report to Southern Railway for the redevelopment of the marshalling yard at Ponnuruni to construct a world class coaching terminal complex. The report has been made by the KRDCL on request from the Southern Railway. The proposed terminal will ease the long-standing traffic congestion in Kochi and accelerate the development of the railways in the state. The project can be completed over a period of three years. The feasibility report suggests a station complex with 4 platforms, 1 pit line, 2 parcel lines, 2 stabling lines, wagon examination line in addition to retaining the existing coaching depot.
The expected total investment through the project is Rs 1654 crore including development of the railway infrastructure for Rs 325 crore. The plan is in such a way that number of passenger platforms can be increased depending on the increasing traffic demand in the future. The new terminal would make the rail traffic in the central Kerala easier and is also expected to meet the demands of the region in the next 30 years. 
MoU for construction of 27 ROBs
Kerala Cabinet meeting held on 13/01/2021 has approved the draft Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between Government of Kerala and Ministry of Railways for the construction of 27 Road Over Bridges/ Road Under Bridges in the state of Kerala.


Why does Kerala need SilverLine? 
Responding to one of the most frequently asked queries by the public, Mr. V. Ajith Kumar, Managing Director, K-Rail said SilverLine will substantially reduce travel time between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod to below 4 hours. Currently, travel between the two districts by rail or road takes 10 to 12 hours. 
“Many people travel between Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam on a daily basis for work and business needs. They spend about five hours in the morning and five hours in the evening on the train. A rail system like SilverLine will take people from Thiruvananthapuram to Ernakulam in about one and a half hours. Also, the semi high-speed rail will take several cars off the road, reducing congestion and accidents on the highways.”  Mr. Ajith Kumar explains how life will change for daily commuters, especially for those travelling between Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam, with the commissioning of SilverLine.


'SilverLine is a project that should be implemented without any apprehensions,’ says Muralee Thummarukudy Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction in the UN Environment Programme. According to him, who had travelled the globe extensively, the project will undoubtedly change the face of the state and speed up the economic activities. 
Though people in Kerala are not much familiar with high-speed rail, many foreign countries already have this mass transit system, he said, adding that it will help reduce carbon emissions, road accidents, and congestion. After 10 years, Kerala will be an entirely different place. SilverLine is conceptualized keeping in mind the travel requirements of the future.





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