Environmental Impact Assessment to begin soon for Kerala Silver Line

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TRIVANDRUM (Metro Rail News): Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) has recently invited E-Tenders for carrying out Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Study for the Kerala Government ambitious 532 km long Silver line Semi High-Speed Rail Project between Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod.

The work also includes detailed Social Impact Assessment (SIA), Resettlement Action Plan and Indigenous People Plan for the proposed project.

Name of Work – Carrying out Environmental Impact Assessment Study / field work and preparation of Comprehensive Environment Impact Assessment Report (CEIA), Environment Management Plan (EMP), Detailed Social Impact Assessment (SIA), Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) And Indigenous People Plan (IPP) for proposed Silverline Semi High-Speed Rail between Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod (about 532 Kms long).

Important Details

  • Tender No: KRDCL/29/2021
  • Tender Value: INR 96.86 Lakhs
  • Completion Period of Work: 14 Months
  • Tender Closing Date & Time: 14/07/2021 at 16:00 Hrs
  • Date of Pre Bid Meeting: 30/06/2021 at 11:00 Hrs
  • Date of Tender Opening: 16/07/2021 at 11:00 Hrs

The overall objective of this work is to is to identify environmental and social impacts, prepare Environmental and Social Management Plan to mitigate the identified issues and to ensure that the proposed works are designed and constructed in line with the relevant national & local Acts/Laws and regulations made by the MOEF&CC, CPCB, SPCB, KRDCL, guidelines & policies of funding agencies like WB/JICA/KfW/ADB /AIIB, etc.

The Silver Line is a proposed semi high speed railway line of length 532 km connecting Thiruvananthapuram in South Kerala to Kasaragod in North Kerala through eleven stations. These stations are Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Chengannur, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Cochin International Airport, Thrissur, Tirur, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod.

Once completed, the travel journey between North and South Kerala will be reduced to four hours from the present 12-14 hours with semi high speed trains operating on the route at top speed of 200 km per hour. The project had already got approval from the Kerala State Government in June 2020. The project is expected to be completed by 2027.

Recently, the Kerala State Cabinet had given its nod to start the land acquisition process for this semi high speed rail project. The cabinet had also given nod for amount INR 2,100 Crores as administrative sanction from the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board. A total of 1,383 hectares of land are needed to be acquired for this project.

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