New Delhi, India (Metro Rail Today): The central Government has informed the Kerala state government of its inability to bear the liability of the loans to be availed from international agencies from the implementation of their ambitious semi high speed rail project, also called as Silver Line, that would enable travel from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod in four hours.
Ashwini Vaishnaw (Union Railway Minister) conveyed the decision of the central Government to Pinarayi Vijayan (Chief Minister of Kerala) who met in New Delhi last week with the request to give the final approval for the Thiruvananthapuram – Kasaragod Semi High Speed Rail Project.
Vellamvelly Muraleedharan (Union Minister of State for External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs of India) said regrading the decision of central government that
Railway Ministry is of the view that Kerala’s Silverline high speed rail project in its current form is unnecessary. “I have held held discussions on the silverline project with officials of the Railway Board, Railway Ministry and Railway Minister himself. There are of the view that there is no need for a new railway line in the state. Railway ministry has asked the state whether the existing railway line could be developed to facilitate high- speed travel. After making technical upgradations to the existing line, trains with speeds of up to 200-250 kmph can be operated.
The Central Government’s decision to not bear the cost of the ambitious semi high speed rail project is very disappointing as the center is also supporting the Gujrat Government’s Ahmedabad-Rajkot Semi High Speed Rail Project. The railway ministry has major shares in this project.
The proposed 530.6km semi high speed rail corridor will connect Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod with 11 stations. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 63,941 Crores. The Railways Ministry has given ‘in principal’ approval to this project.