Thiruvananthapuram: The KRDCL has chosen the Hyderabad-based GeoKno India Private Ltd through bidding process to carry out the survey of the proposed Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod Semi High-Speed Rail (SHSR) line. It would be completed within a week after getting off the ground.
- The Kerala Rail Development Corporation Ltd (KRDCL) has received clearance from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for conduct of aerial survey of the proposed SHSR line.
- Already, the Ministry of Defence had given its go-ahead for the survey by deploying helicopters, based on strict standard stipulations such as skipping photography of specified strategically significant sites and installations.
- An official release said, the survey marks the prelude to deciding the alignment of the ambitious project ‘Silver Line’, to be executed by KRDCL, a joint venture of the Kerala government and the Ministry of Railways.
- The exact alignment of the ‘Silver Line’ would be finalised based on the aerial survey and the boundaries for the line on both sides would be determined only with the approval of the state government.
- It said, the process of land acquisition for the green field project would start only after that.
- The Defence Ministry’s clearance is mandatory for the survey as certain strategically significant sites fall within the ambit of the area to be covered.
- It said, GeoKno had conducted similar surveys for Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet Rail Line.
About the survey
- The survey would yield a wide range of 3-dimension images and data of the ground it covers such as Digital Elevation Model, Digital Terrain Model, Digital Surface Model, L-sections and Contour Topographical Mapping.
- These are required for the engineering design of the line.
About the SHSR project
- The State Cabinet had given green signal for Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod Semi High-Speed Rail (SHSR) line in August after thoroughly considering the feasibility study that has fully taken into account every minute aspect of the project including the passenger potential and financial viability.
- This study, which has found that the social, economic and environmental benefits to be derived from the project are substantial, is under consideration of the Ministry of Railways.
- After further studies, the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the project, will be drawn up.
- Seen as a game-changer in Kerala’s infrastructure and economic development, SHSR is to be implemented with minimum possible land acquisition.
- Trains on the track will run at a speed of 200 kmph, covering the distance between the state capital and up north Kasaragod in 4 hours.
- The release added, a salient feature of the project is its total adherence to the green protocol, down to the last-minute detail.