NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Union Ministers during his visit to New Delhi to discuss various development projects of the State, including railway projects.
Kerala CM met with new Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and discussed Kerala Government most ambitious Silver Line Project. CM said on Twitter, “K-RAIL’s Silver Line will reduce travel time between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasargod to less than 4 hours. Along with Angamali – Sabari & Thalassery – Mysore lines discussed Kerala’s semi-high speed rail line with Shri. @AshwiniVaishnaw ji and requested approval for the DPR.”
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.
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.
Kerala has already signed a joint venture with the Railways for the Silver Line project, estimated to cost over INR 60,000 Crores. Niti Aayog has given the project its go ahead and it is awaiting final clearance from the Railways, said Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas.
Prime Minister has also assured Kerala CM of full support for the State’s ambitious Silver Line Project. After meeting Prime Minister, Kerala CM said that the State has sought the Centre’s cooperation for its key ongoing and proposed projects. The Prime Minister sought details of the Silver Line project, including the DPR submitted to the Railway Ministry, and assured the CM of the Centre’s cooperation in the project.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw also told that he would fast-track the final approval for the project. The discussion also held on the proposed Sabari Rail Project for which State has sought Centre’s help in commencing work on the project along with seeking Centre’s approval for the Thalassery-Mysuru Rail Line project.
Further, in a meeting with Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, the State raised its pending demand for the Centre’s approval for light metro projects in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode along with extending Kochi Metro from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to Kakkanad.