The state government of Kerala is set to build a Rs 66,079 crore rail line to enable semi-high speed trains ply between upstate Kasaragod and Thiruvananthapuram.
Clearance for the project was given at a meet of the State Cabinet. It will be executed by the Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL), a joint venture of Government of Kerala and Ministry of Railways.
V Ajith Kumar, Managing Director, KRDCL, said, “The completion of the double line spanning 532 km is expected to reduce congestion along the state’s railway traffic that is already 115 per cent of its capacity.”
He added that KRDCL will have to acquire about 1,200 hectares of land for the project that will have the rails elevated along urban stretches. The trains will run at a maximum speed of 200 km per hour.
“They will initially have nine coaches, and the number will be subsequently enhanced to 12. The travel charge is projected to be Rs 2.75 per km, and there will be an annual hike of 7.5 per cent.”
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