The Modi government has given its in-principle nod to Kerala’s semi-high speed rail (SHSR) project, which will run between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod. The project will reduce travel time between these two places from 12 hours to just four hours, according to a PTI report. The 540 km long double line project will be implemented by the Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (K-Rail).
The SHSR project, named Silver Line is a joint venture of Railway Ministry and Kerala government. The project is being envisaged as the most affordable solution for the state’s transport problems. According to the Managing Director of KRDCL V Ajith Kumar, the approval by the Union government marks an important milestone in the implementation of the SHSR project that would help fast- track Kerala’s economy.
The SHSR project is estimated to cost Rs 56,443 crore. However, by the time of its completion, the project cost can go up to Rs 66,079 crore. The game-changer project is expected to be implemented with minimum land acquisition. On this track, trains would run at a speed of 200 km per hour, cutting through 11 districts.