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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 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

SilverLine is for the future of Kerala: Chief Minister 
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the SilverLine semi high-speed project has been envisioned for the future growth of the state. He also said that there is no going back on the SilverLine project which would bring in a major change in the infrastructure development of the state.  He said this to the media while addressing a press conference. 

"A few have concerns over this project since they will lose their land and properties. But I can assure you that all the concerns would be addressed in the best possible way. A comprehensive rehabilitation package will be in place if the government takes over the properties for this project", said the Chief Minister. 

The SilverLine project is going to be an integral part of the development of the state. This project has been designed with a very limited displacement of people. He also urged those opposing the project to join hands with the government to make the project a reality.

 
 SilverLine will make travel faster:

Writer NS Madhavan  
Writer N S Madhavan is of the opinion that the SilverLine will bring down the travel time within the state and also give impetus to the economy of the state. 

Writer and former IAS officer N.S. Madhavan has said that the proposed SilverLine project would lead Kerala to a path of development. He wrote this in his column in the daily Malayala Manorama. He said that giving impetus to our travels would open new vistas for development and fast growth of the state bringing as many job opportunities. 

He said that the fastest train from Kanpur to New Delhi takes 5 hours and 27 minutes to cover a distance of about 430 km. The fastest train to reach the Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod route, which is a little further than that, takes more than 10 hours. The total length of Kasargod to Thiruvananthapuram is 574 km. The average speed of the first train was 79 kilometers per hour while the train in Kerala plies on 57 kmph.

The proposed SilverLine rail project in Kerala will reduce the travel time from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod by four hours. He also said that the protests against the project is unwanted. He urged those against the project to critically discuss their objections and find a solution to it and implement the project. 

SilverLine project has been devised to address the travel woes in the state and the project will bring in a vast change that would do good to the future generations, he concluded.
 K-Rail assigns EQMS India to carry out EIA Study for SilverLine  


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.
SilverLine does not require a prior Environment clearance, says Centre to the National Green Tribunal  

In an affidavit submitted before the National Green Tribunal, the Central Government has said that the SilverLine semi high-speed rail project does not require any prior environment clearance. The affidavit was filed before NGT on behalf of the Central Government by Dr. Murali Krishna, a scientist from the Regional Office of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, of Bengaluru. 

As per the EIA notification, 2006 railways or railway projects are not included in it. The notification issued by the Central Department of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change on September 14, 2006, covers 39 development projects and activities including airports, ports, national highways, and buildings. This does not include railways or railway projects. Therefore, the SilverLine project does not require environmental permission, the affidavit said. 

The affidavit further pointed out the incident of the Supreme Court staying the order of the National Green Tribunal seeking environment clearance for the Noida-Greater Noida Metro Rail project.
Myths vs Reality

Silverline will be irrelevant as Indian Railways is trying to increase the speed of existing trains !

Indian Railway is currently running Gatimaan Express in Delhi-Agra section at a speed of 160 Kmph.  The railway is also planning to upgrade the speed in Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah sections from 130 Kmph to 160 Kmph by augmenting the infrastructure in these sections including the provision of fencing. As per Railways current plan, the Golden Quadrilateral line (the line connecting Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Howrah) will be considered next for upgrading the speed. No railway track in Kerala has been planned for speed up-gradation.

In view of the uneven terrain in Kerala, the existing rail alignments have around 626 curves between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod. Hence for increasing the speed in Kerala, these curves have to be straightened in addition to strengthening the existing formation, bridges and track.

 
WEBINAR 

SilverLine Semi High-Speed Rail: Connecting the IT Corridor of Kerala

K-Rail Managing Director Shri V Ajith Kumar presented the salient features of the proposed SilverLine semi high-speed rail project and how it benefits the IT industry of Kerala on 14th of September. The webinar was organized by the Group of Technology Companies-Kerala as part of their ongoing webinar series. After the presentation, MD answered the queries of the participants. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gUgo5fLXow

K-Rail- The SilverLine project of Kerala

Kerala Management Association (KMA) and Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) organized a talk by K-Rail MD Shri V AjithKumar on the 28th of September on the topic K-Rail-The SilverLine project of Kerala. The talk delivered had elaborately discussed how the innovative SilverLine project would gather pace to hassle travel inside the state and with it the wholesome progress that it would bring to every stratum of life in the state.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGoI_3wDCwY
YouTube Video 
On SilverLine LiDAR Survey

The alignment of the SilverLine has been scientifically and meticulously determined using remote sensing technology called 'LiDAR'. For this, Partinavia P68 aircraft was flown over the 530 km stretch of the alignment and determined the topography. 'Lidar' technology has revolutionized the way topography surveys are conducted. Here in this video, the process of the LiDAR survey done for the SilverLine is detailed.
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