NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): According to Metroman Shri E Sreedharan, the K-Rail project is not practical as planned. It might be implemented by constructing an elevated overpass or an underground corridor.
Following a meeting with Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, he stated that building the flyover as part of the project would be more expensive. “The State Government’s Detailed Plan Report (DPR) contains numerous errors. There hasn’t been a thorough investigation. Many issues, such as the placement of rail tracks, cannot be resolved by an aerial survey. Furthermore, this survey is unable to determine the number of bridges required. The SilverLine will require the construction of approximately 3,000 small bridges.”
Furthermore, he added, “The estimated cost for the project was arrived based on these findings. Further, the land is now being acquired as per the average width needed for the railway lines. However, the project may need 50 per cent more land. In addition, the land is required for the construction of ancillary buildings.”
According to Sreedharan, implementing the project based on the state government’s alignment would be difficult. He also scoffed at the notion that the project could be finished in five years. Instead, he estimated that it would take at least ten to twelve years to complete. He also denied the idea that the SilverLine project could be replaced by the Vande Bharat trains. However, he noted that such train services would be beneficial to the public.