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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 answers to the queries on Silverline and K-Rail in the Legislative Assembly
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan gives replies to the questions raised by the members of the legislative assembly. The MLAs like Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Dr. Mathew Kuzhalnadan, and Sunny Joseph queried about the current status of the SilverLine project. They have in written asked the Chief Minister whether K-Rail, the implementing company, had taken prior permission from the Ministry of Environment for the SilverLine project.

In reply to the question, CM said that SilverLine is a railway project and rail projects in the country need no permission from the Ministry. The Ministry had exempted railway projects from taking prior permission because it is the only mode of transport that causes no harm to the environment and is also least polluting. CM also replying to a query said that K-Rail has conducted a rapid Environment Impact Assessment in a shorter three-month span and a detailed EIA that takes a year to complete has been initiated already. The company has initiated a detailed EIA because of its commitment to the environment, he said. 
 
CM also briefed that the DPR of the SilverLine is under consideration of the Railway Board. NITI Aayog has recommended the project to Economic Department to permit starting loan negotiations with the foreign funding agencies. Moreover, CM said that the project is under consideration of the Railway Board and is the state government is waiting for the final approval. He also added that KIIFB has already sanctioned Rs 2100 crores for the preliminary activities related to land acquisition.
 Railway Minister V Abdurahiman takes questions on SilverLine the state Assembly 
V Abdurahiman, Minister for Railways, took questions on the SilverLine in the Assembly from various members. Minister in reply to a query said that the Detailed Project Report of SilverLine has been submitted to the Railway Board and is awaiting their final approval. He also said that the procedures regarding the land acquisition and funding of the project are progressing. 
 
Minister also said that the alignment of SilverLine is running through a special corridor from Thiruvanathapuram to Tirur and from there, the alignment runs parallel to the Indian Railway line. 
 
Minister also informed the assembly that the feasibility reports of Nilambur-Nanjencode railway line and Thalassery-Mysore line have been submitted to the railway board. The DPR is under study by the Konkan Railway Board. He said that the two projects get underway once the Karnataka government approves. Minister also said that the state government has informed the Railway Ministry that half of the cost needed for the Angamaly-Erumely Sabari line will be afforded by the state government. 
 State Cabinet permits to undertake preparatory works for the land acquisition of SilverLine project   
In an act that would further take the proposed SilverLine to the next stage, the state cabinet has given nod for the preparatory works needed for land acquisition for the SilverLine semi high-speed project. The sanction has been given for the acquisition of 955.13 hectares of land of various villages of Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Kasargod districts as per the provisions of the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement Act of 2013 (LARR Act, 2013). A Social Impact Assessment study as said in the LARR Act, 2013 will be conducted by the issuance of notification as per Section 4(1) of the Act from the State Level Social Impact Assessment (SIA) agencies empaneled for the purpose. An expert committee would be constituted to check the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) study report. 

The order also made it clear that decision of the Government to proceed with the land acquisition as per sub-section (2) of section (8) of LARR Act will be issued only after getting final approval for the project from the Railway Board.  The sanction now has been given to the concerned department to make preparatory works needed for acquiring the land for the project. 

The state cabinet has also sanctioned the creation of a Special Deputy Collector office consisting of 7 posts based at Ernakulam and 11 Special Tahsildar LA offices based at 11 districts mentioned above backed by enough Revenue officers to undergo the preliminary activities of the land acquisition activities.
NITI Aayog CEO mentions SilverLine as an important project in decarbonizing transport systems in the country
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant mentioned SilverLine project as one of the important transport projects in the country that will help to build a carbon-free transport network in the country. In a programme organized by NITI Aayog and the World Resources Institute (WRI) in their launch of Forum for Decarbonising Transport in the country that Mr. Kant mentioned SilverLine as one of the pivotal projects.

"Along with many other projects, SilverLine semi high-speed rail project of Kerala is also an important project that would help in realizing decarbonizing transport network in the country", he said.   
Myths vs Reality

There is no need to build a separate rail corridor if the new track is built parallel to the existing Indian Railways track!

SilverLine is proposed as the 3rd and 4th line between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod parallel to the existing Indian Railway network. Since it was decided to have an operational speed of 200 Kmph, it was technically not feasible to have the new track adjacent to the existing railway track in south Kerala between Thiruvananthapuram and Tirur due to a large number of sharp curves and uneven terrain. Hence, a greenfield alignment has been proposed between Thiruvananthapuram and Tirur duly taking the alignment through the least populated areas. However, since the existing rail alignment between Tirur and Kasaragod have relatively a smaller number of sharp curves, the Silverline is planned parallel and adjacent to the existing railway track.
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Bursting the myth regarding the NITI Aayog and SilverLine

Anilkumar G, General Manager, and Company Secretary, in an elaborate video, reveals the facts that NITI Aayog had said about the SilverLine project. There is a willful campaign in the public domain to propagate wrong information regarding the NITI Aayog recommendation to the project to misguide the public.
Land Acquisition Act, 2013 Explained

L Soorya Narayana, Land Acquisition expert, gives a detailed explanation of the Land Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement Act, 2013.
 
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