About K-Rail

Kerala Rail Development Corporation (K-Rail), a Joint Venture company of Government of Kerala and Ministry of Railways  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 resources.

WELCOMING OUR NEW CHAIRMAN

Shri. Dr. V.P. Joy IAS took charge as the 47th Chief Secretary of Kerala on 28.02.2021, Consequently Dr.V.P.Joy was appointed as Chairman of the Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited.
Dr.Joy, a 1987 batch IAS officer from Kerala cadre, was Officer on Special Duty in the rank of Additional Chief Secretary before being selected as the chief secretary of Kerala. Dr.Joy who was also serving as the Secretary (Co-ordination), Central Secretariat, was repatriated to the State after his Central deputation. He is also known as Joy Vazhayil is a writer and has written several poetry collections.
He has also published a number of novels and translations. His poetry collection 'Nimisha Jalakam' won him the SK Pottekatt literary award. He is also a researcher, having written papers on energy policy and philosophy of education and metaphysics. He got his doctoral degree from the IIT, Delhi and MBA from University of Birmingham. also a recipient of Giorgio Ruffolo post-doctoral research fellowship from Harvard University. A native of Kinginimattam in Ernakulam, Dr.Joy started his career as a scientist/engineer at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram in 1985 and joined civil Service in 1987.

WELCOMING OUR DIRECTORS

Shri. P. Jayakumar
Director (Project & Planning)
 Shri. P. Jayakumar IRSE of 1987 batch took over the charge as Director (Project & Planning)/ K-Rail on 04.02.2021.
Prior to joining K-Rail, he was working as the Chief Engineer Construction, Southern Railway in charge of Thiruvananthapuram - Kanyakumari doubling project. He has also served as Additional Divisional Railway Manager of Thiruvananthapuram Division and General Manager/DMRC for Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode Light Metro projects.
Shri. Reji John
Director (Business Development & Finance)
 Shri. Reji John took over the charge as Director (Business Development & Finance)/K-Rail on 01.01.2021.
Prior to joining K-Rail, he was working as Joint Secretary in Finance Department, Secretariat, Government of Kerala.

EVENTS AND UPDATES

SilverLine; A model Green project for the future kerala
K-Rail is planning to develop a sustainability policy in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmadabad, and other nodal agencies. A preliminary meeting was held with IIM, Ahmadabad, and more initiative to be launched to make the basic framework and policies to be adopted. 
Strategies proposed to be adopted during construction include items such as requirements for recycling all steel and concrete; diversion of construction waste to landfills through reuse and recycling; use of new, low emission construction equipment, and replacement of inefficient truck engines and irrigation pumps.
K-Rail also planned to work with agencies to implement an urban forestry program to offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with construction. This program will deliver additional benefits such as providing shade and recreation for communities within the train corridor. The Station buildings, depot, administrative buildings and other service buildings may be designed based on the platinum rating standard of the Indian Green Building Council.

Starting in 2025, during the system's first year of operation, K-Rail anticipates a ramp up in usage as travellers begin to switch from driving or flying to take SilverLine rail. In 2025, the SilverLine rail system will reduce approximately 287994 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. By 2052, it is expected that the system can reduce approximately 594636 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.
 
Semi high-speed rail will pave the way 
for sustainable economic growth
Shri. V. Ajith Kumar, Managing Director, K-Rail said that Semi high-speed rail corridor is an ambitious project that has the potential to accelerate post-COVID Kerala's sustainable economic growth. He was commenting on the project in an exclusive interview with 'Dhanam' bi-weekly. Ajith Kumar opined that the proposed Silver Line, which would pave the way from the southern tip of the state to the northern tip in just four hours, is a model project that foresaw decades of development.
''SilverLine will provide employment to 50,000 people directly and indirectly during construction phase and more than 10,000 jobs will be created with the implementation. The project will give a new impetus to the economic security of the State. Silver Line is the safest mode of public transport for Kerala, where thousands of lives are losing every year on the streets in accidents.
Designed to avoid sharp curves, the Silver Line's track passes through sparsely populated areas. Measures are being taken to prevent the demolition of houses and buildings as much as possible and technology is planning to shift houses without demolishing them if necessary. The estimated cost of land acquisition and compensation is Rs 13,265 crore.
Ajith Kumar added that SilverLine is a complete green project that will change the face of Kerala's development and make the way for a significant reduction in air pollution.
Green Initiatives
K-Rail, that conceive and implement the future looking sustainable green transport project 'SilverLine', follows the green initiatives in the office as well.The Gee Bin, An aerobic bin system and Home composter that treats bio-waste scientifically and composts rapidly, was set up at K-Rail’s head office.
The innovative waste management solution promotes a better environment, improve recycling processes etc. Multi-layered bin,  Lechate recovery system, Top hood, Outdoor-indoor Usage facility and Consortium of Beneficial microbes makes this Green bio-waste treatment system an exemplary model.
Green Plants Inside
 
The interiors of K-Rail head office are being decorated with lush green live plants.

EXPERT SPEAKS

Green Initiatives of SilverLine
SilverLine is a green project. K-Rail is in talks with the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmadabad to develop a sustainability policy during the construction of the project. Dr.Amit Garge, Senior Professor, IIMA is leading the project.
G. Anilkumar, Joint General Manager & Company Secretary, talks in detail about the green initiatives of SilverLine.
Explainer Video- Episode 1
Why kerala need a SilverLine ?
Rail and road transport in Kerala is very poor compared to other states. The 560 km long Kasaragod-Thiruvananthapuram journey currently takes 12-14 hours by land.
Explainer Video- Episode 2
What changes will happen to Kerala when the Silver Line comes?
Silverline is a project that will help to reduce the increasing number of road accidents in Kerala and make a big difference to our State as the most pollution free public transport.  This video gives the answer to the question of what change will happen to Kerala when SilverLine comes.
Tech Trivia
Rolling Stock
EMU (Electric Multiple Unit) trains with driving facilities on both ends of the train, is recommended for Silver Line Corridor because of the inherent advantages like better-operating parameters, reduced travel time, faster acceleration and deceleration, better adhesion, reduced axle load, more suited for regenerative braking, higher Energy Efficiency, etc. In addition, it will enable full use of the floor area of a train for passengers, and thus increase the transportation efficiency and would bring down the cost.
 

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Editor: Sreesanth. S, PR Co-ordinator.
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