The Detailed Project Report (DPR) and alignment of the proposed Semi High-Speed Rail (SHSR) corridor from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod will be ready by March. The aerial survey of the project has already been completed. The project is being implemented by the K-Rail, a joint venture company of the Government of Kerala and Ministry of Railways.
- The SHSR corridor named Silver Line has 532-km length.
- It will take four hours to reach Kasaragod from the capital city passing through 11 districts.
- The Silver Line stations will be connected to the major cities in the State.
- It will also be linked with the international airports in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.
- The SHSR line will be completed in 5 years.
- The project has an estimated cost of Rs 66,079 crore.
- It is expected to reduce both congestion and pollution by taking off about 7,500 vehicles from roads.
- Around 46,100 daily road users and 11,500 train commuters are expected to shift to Silver Line.
- As many as 500 trucks will stay away from roads with the freight movement starting through Silver Line, in the form of ‘RORO’ service.
- Silver Line will also be a boon for domestic and foreign tourists, who now rely on rail journey.