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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.

EVENTS AND UPDATES

Chief Minister meets Prime Minister and seeks support for SilverLine and other developmental projects

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan visited New Delhi in the middle of July and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He had discussed with him the SilverLine and other mega infrastructure programmes to come up in the state. CM also met the union minister for Railways, Petroleum, and Urban Affairs. 

Briefing media persons at the Kerala House, the Chief Minister said, "I had a very fruitful meeting today with the Prime Minister and discussed several new projects including the SilverLine project. He had sought more details of the project and was interested to know that the proposed project would connect the 529 kilometers of one end of the state to the other in less than four hours. He expressed his support for the project and other development projects in the state.” 

The Angamali Sabari railway line and Thalassery-Mysore railway line were also discussed with the Prime Minister. The chief minister also met with the Principal Secretary to the PM, Dr. P K Mishra.
 Chief Minister meets Railway Minister  
As part of his visit to New Delhi to meet Prime Minister, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has also made time to call on Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Railway Minister at his office. Chief Minister has met the Railway Minister to present the SilverLine semi high-speed project before him and to seek the final approval of the Thalassery-Mysore railway line project. He also in detail talked about the commencing of the Angamali Sabari railway line which has been long pending. 
 SilverLine project presented before Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishath  
K-Rail MD V Ajith Kumar made a detailed presentation on SilverLine project at the webinar organized by the Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishath. The presentation was enough to make the people present at the seminar understand the SilverLine project and its importance to the State. "The state highways are always choked with traffic and an environmentally friendly model like trains are a solution to this", said the MD in the webinar. In his presentation, he detailed the project and the ways it has been conceived, and its implementation strategies. 

He also said how the state has mooted a semi-high-speed project. In the session, he also took questions from the audience. Regarding the land acquisition, MD said that the K-Rail is following the Land Acquisition Act of 2013, which guarantees fair compensation to those who pledge properties and land to the project.

"The land acquisition of much larger scale for the national highway had not let to any serious complaints, moreover, K-Rail is giving a fair compensation to all those who will forsake their land for the project", told him.
Talk on SEMI HIGH-SPEED RAIL: A COST-EFFECTIVE SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION MODEL
K-Rail MD Ajith Kumar delivered a talk on SilverLine semi-high speed rail project at a webinar organised in association with Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirappally. The talk was part of a webinar series and on the topic SEMI HIGH-SPEED RAIL: A COST-EFFECTIVE SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION MODEL. 
Digitization in K- Rail Project Management
K-Rail MD V Ajith Kumar made a presentation on how K-Rail brings in digitization in the SilverLine project management in a webinar on 'Accelerating Digitalisation in the Rail Industry'. The webinar was organized by Autodesk and Construction World Magazine.
Water Metro, Kochi Metro to get connected to SilverLine station at Kakkanad
Kochi Metro Rail Ltd extends the water metro services to connect the same with the SilverLine semi-high-speed terminus. In a statement issued by the KMRL authorities, the water metro will be extended to the SilverLine terminus and a jetty will come up near the proposed station as an integrated hub. Presently, KMRL has completed the terminals at Vyttila and Kakkanad (Chittethukara) and is getting ready for operation. With high-speed boats, it will take only 20 minutes from Vyttila Hub to Kakkanad.

Vyttila is the first transport hub in India where the metro, water metro, and bus terminals meet. This will be connected to the SilverLine Kakkanad station as well, which will make it the first hub where the rail, water metro, and metro meet. The water metro will form the easiest connection mode to the city centre at Vyttila without any traffic congestion. From the Infopark station, SilverLine trains will take only 10 minutes to Nedumbassery airport.
Myths vs Reality

SilverLine can run on Broad Gauge and is also a better option than the Standard Gauge!

In India, trains run on the Broad-Gauge system in the existing Indian Railway network. Currently, the maximum speed of trains in India is 160 Kmph. There are no universally accepted international standards for Broad Gauge system. The standards of Broad Gauge are governed by the IRS Codes for trains running in Indian railways. To run trains above 160 Kmph in Broad Gauge, new Standard/Specifications are to be framed in India which will take considerable time and effort.

In the international scenario, Standard Gauge systems in most of the countries with trains running up to 350 Kmph are successfully operational for years. These Standard Gauge Systems are governed by European and International Standards like EN and UIC codes. Further, for rolling stock, technology is not available for speeds above 160 Kmph in India and not many international manufacturers have the technology for supplying Broad Gauge coaches.

The shortcomings of the Broad Gauge have been appraised by the new High Speed, semi high speed, and metro projects in India, and accordingly, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project, the RRTS Project in Delhi, all the Metro Projects have adopted Standard Gauge which is a proven technology.
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