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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 organization 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 utilization of the resources.

EVENTS AND UPDATES

Heartfelt Congratulations
The Kerala Railway Development Corporation Limited would like to extend its heartfelt congratulations to the new State Government headed by Chief Minister Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan, sworn in on May 20, 2021 & the Minister of Railways Shri V. Abdurahman.
Government will go ahead with SilverLine: Chief Minister
Chief Minister Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan said that the state government will go ahead with the SilverLine project. He was speaking at a press conference on May 20, shortly after being sworn in as the Chief Minister of Kerala for the second time in a row.
In reply to a query, he emphasized that projects like SilverLine are inevitable for the growth of the state. It will continue as it is envisioned. Projects like SilverLine are indispensable for the progress of both the state and the country, said the CM. He made it clear that the state government would take a stand to implement such projects in a good manner.

FROM THE MD's DESK

Let’s Unite with one mind; For this ambitious project
For the progress of any nation or state, a sustainable development plan is inevitable. This will lay the foundation for the future development the entire region. There are many examples of regions which have achieved an unforeseen development due to the revolutionary changes in Transport infrastructure.
Kerala for sure, is in dire need of a transport revolution as the many roads, the lifelines of the people, are clogged with traffic. For any foreseeable development in the state of Kerala there is a need to augment the existing modes of transportation.
The proposed SilverLine(Semi High Speed Rail) is the affordable, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible transportation solution that can meet the accessibility needs of Kerala and support future economic development. It would change the face of the state of Kerala and enable industrial development. The ambitious project has potential to be a boon to the economy of the state during the post-Covid period.
SilverLine, which has already been recommended to the Union Finance Ministry by the Railway Board, the NITI Aayog, and the Department of Expenditure for raising multilateral loans, is approaching reality. The HUDCO loan of Rs 3000 crore for the first phase of land acquisition in the Kochuveli-Chengannur will help to kickstart the activities. This model green transport project will be a milestone in the development history of the state when it gets the final approval of the Central Government.  The administrative approval of the new State cabinet for land acquisition is expected shortly.
Unfortunately, certain people are raising baseless allegations and planting unnecessary fear in the public against the project.This has come at a time when the project started getting approvals one by one from various authorities and financial institutions. Most of the big projects in the country face these kinds of opposition always. Many of such oppositions are without studying the SilverLine project or the radical change it will bring to post-Covid Kerala. It is still up to the them to realize that they are objecting a sustainable development project that will be a source of utility and value for our current and future generations.
Know the Reality on SilverLine;
A model project for brighter, sustainable future
'God's own country' is one of the most scenic and popular tourist destinations in India. Kerala which is also considered as the 'Gateway of South India' is among the prime states attracting the largest number of global and domestic tourists. Every state need an iconic faster mode transportation project to raise the transit facilities up to international standard. Future looking model projects could bring in much needed drastic positive vibes for the tourism sector of any place. SilverLine, the much awaited and anticipated semi high-speed rail corridor project is the answer for that. SilverLine will bring remarkable changes in local commute, by improving the travel time and quality of transportation.

SilverLine is a project that will cost less land and money than the National Highway development and high-speed rail construction. There are campaigns that the people won't get deserving compensation for their land taken for the project. However, that is not true and this has been propagated to simply misguide the people. The compensation will be given to the landowners by following the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (also Land Acquisition Act, 2013). The total cost of land acquisition and compensation of the project is estimated at Rs 13,265 crore.

Another erratic propaganda is that the SilverLine project will invite natural disasters. The alignment of the project is envisaged through viaducts in most of the paddy fields and agricultural areas. The construction of bridges and culverts are already planned to protect water bodies and wetlands. SilverLine is conceived as a fully green project. Not only that the construction works of the project will be done using pollution-free machinery, but the design of sites and buildings will be done based on the platinum rating standards of the Indian Green Building Council also. The project will use renewable energy and plans to recycle and reuse the steel and concrete materials used for construction.

When the project is operational, there is Rs 530 crore yearly savings in the form of petrol and diesel as it is estimated to take off 1.5 lakhs of vehicles from the road in the first year of its operation itself. Around three lakh tons of carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced in the first year of operation. KRDCL is also envisioning a sustainability policy in collaboration with IIM Ahmedabad to address the issue of greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the Indian Railways' policy, a protective wall should be erected along the tracks of a train travelling at speed above 140 kmph for the safety of the public and prevent trespassing. In the Delhi-Agra section where the fastest train on Indian Railways are plying, including the Gatiman Express at a speed of 140kmph, a protection wall has been erected. The allegation that protective walls will curtail the freedom of movement of the local public, is baseless as facility to cross the SilverLine path every five hundred meters shall be provided in such cases.

Experts speak

1. Funding  of SilverLine
In this episode of Experts Speak, Smt. Sadhana Kori, DGM/ Project Finance, explains the funding aspects of SilverLine.

Weblink: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialKRail/videos/499177134456749/
2. Features of Train sets
Rolling stock expert Sri. Priyesh talks about the uniqueness of train sets which  SilverLine proposes.
 
Weblink:  https://www.facebook.com/OfficialKRail/videos/1605093216355130

Explainer Video

Will the SilverLine divide Kerala in two?

SilverLine is envisioned without disturbing the public in any way.  Lets hear how it facilitates people to move.

Weblink: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialKRail/videos/360534295389634
Tech Trivia
 
Green Standards
Construction and design of SilverLine Stations, administrative complexes and depots will be based on the Platinum Rating Standards of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
Weblink: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialKRail/photos/a.2023296604665033/2898268163834535/

Myths vs Facts

Myth:
SilverLine project is being implemented without conducting any basic studies !
Reality:
Feasibility study report and DPR for the SilverLine Project were prepared by Paris-based consultancy M/s. Systra, which was selected by KRDCL through an international competitive bidding process. The detailed study report of the project has been prepared following the advice and instructions of the Zonal Railway and the Railway Board. The alignment of the Silver Line was determined in a very scientific and precise manner, including an aerial LiDAR survey. In addition to that, traffic survey, environmental impact assessment and scientific soil test have been completed in connection with the project
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