Kerala to Get Semi-high-speed Rail Corridor Joining Kasaragod and Thiruvananthapuram
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Kerala to Get Semi-high-speed Rail Corridor Joining Kasaragod and Thiruvananthapuram

By Newsclick calender  02-Aug-2019

Kerala to Get Semi-high-speed Rail Corridor Joining Kasaragod and Thiruvananthapuram

The semi-high-speed rail project connecting Kasaragod and Thiruvananthapuram, a dream project that eases the transport between north and south ends of the state, has got a nod from the state government. A high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan last week had approved the draft alignment of the project.
The 532 km-long project, which is executed by Kerala Railway Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL), envisages four-and-a-half-hour travel time between the two points. KRDCL, a joint venture company under the state government and Railway Ministry for implementing the railway infrastructure in the state, estimated the approximate cost of project as Rs 46,769 crore.
With the implementation of the project, the travel time from North end of Kerala to South end would be decreased by 6-7 hours. Also, the existing railway line between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod is highly saturated and due to sharp curves and older alignment, the average sectional speed of Mail/Express trains is restricted to 45 Kmph.
While, according to KRDCL, the proposed 3rd and 4th lines are planned to be in mostly straight alignment which is designed to run at a Semi-High Speed of 180 Kmph. This makes the travel between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod faster at an average speed of 130 Kmph. Less than 4 hours compared with the present 10 to 12 hrs.

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