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Kerala’s SilverLine Project

Kerala’s SilverLine Project:

The project entails building a semi high-speed railway corridor through the state linking its southern end and state capital Thiruvananthapuram with its northern end of Kasaragod.

  • The line is proposed to be 529.45 kms long, covering 11 districts through 11 stations.
  • When the project is realised, one can travel from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram in less than four hours on trains travelling at 200 km/hr. The current travel time on the existing Indian Railways network is 12 hours.
  • The deadline for the project, being executed by the Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL), is 2025.
  • KRDCL, or K-Rail, is a joint venture between the Kerala government and the Union Ministry of Railways.
  • There are several concerns around the project.
  • Critics feel that the massive cost will push the State further into debt.
  • There is scepticism about the projected passenger patronage.
  • But most of all, there are environmental concerns in the backdrop of the 2018 deluge that inundated almost the entire State.
  • There’s fear that the project’s embankment will divide the State into two and stifle free movement of water