DPR fares of Kerala SilverLine under doubt

In the report, it is mentioned that the minimum rate is Rs 2.75/km whereas the rate specified while estimating revenue generation is Rs 3.91/km.

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KERALA (Metro Rail News): Systra has provided the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of K-Rail’s SilverLine semi high-speed rail, Thiruvananthapuram–Kasaragod Semi High-Speed Rail Corridor, which includes two different minimum fares for travel.

In the report, it is mentioned that the minimum rate is Rs 2.75/km whereas the rate specified while estimating revenue generation is Rs 3.91/km. People are questioning the numbers, especially the projected expense and the income, in the DPR. There is also a doubt about whether the two estimates were prepared separately.

If the revenue is evaluated based on the lower minimum fare in the DPR, then it will be Rs 1,602 crores during the 2025-26 period. Whereas, if the other rate is considered for the evaluation, then the revenue will be Rs 2,276 crores. Meanwhile, the report also estimates that the minimum fare will be Rs 3.58/km after five years of operation. According to that, revenue will be Rs 2,451 crores. But for that period report estimates the revenue as Rs 4,504 crores by considering the rate at Rs 6.58/km.

It is important to note that the difference may be an accidental error. Previously, it came to light that the number of estimated passengers in primary and final versions of DPR had a huge difference.

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