Kerala Rail Development Corporation

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Kerala Rail Development Corporation d/b/a K-Rail (stylized as K-rail) is a public sector joint venture company under the ownership of the Government of Kerala and the Ministry of Railways for the railway infrastructure development in Kerala.[1] The company was incorporated on 3 January 2017.[2]

The K-Rail is focused on the planning and implementation of rail line projects including surveys and preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPR). K-Rail is also involved in procuring requisite approvals and does processing for the sanctioning of identified Projects.

Kerala Rail Development Corporation
K-Rail
Native name
കേരള റെയിൽ ഡെവലപ്പ്മെന്റ് കോർപ്പറേഷൻ
Public Sector
IndustryRail Transport
FoundedJanuary 3, 2017; 3 years ago (2017-01-03)
Headquarters,
India
Area served
Kerala
Key people
  • Tom Jose, IAS (Chairman)
  • V. Ajith Kumar, IRSSE (Managing Director)
ServicesPassenger Railways
OwnerGovernment of India (50%)
Government of Kerala (50%)
Websitekeralarail.com

Proposed projects[edit]

1. Thiruvananthapuram–Kasargode Semi High Speed Rail Corridor[edit]

The Thiruvananthapuram–Kasargode Semi High Speed Rail Corridor named Silver Line is a proposed high-speed rail corridor in India that would connect the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram with Kasaragod in Kerala.

Project Specifications
Project title Silver Line
Total distance 531.45 km
Travel time 4 hours
Maximum train speed 200 km/h
Number of stations 11
Proposed project cost 66,079 crore (US$9.3 billion)
Tracks 2 (up & down)
Rolling stock 9 coaches initially
Expected daily ridership 67,740 pax
Proposed Stations of the Semi High-Speed Rail Corridor
Mainline rail interchange
Thiruvananthapuram
Mainline rail interchange
Kollam
Mainline rail interchange
Chengannur
Mainline rail interchange
Kottayam
Mainline rail interchange
Ernakulam
Mainline rail interchange
Kochi Airport
Mainline rail interchange
Thrissur
Mainline rail interchange
Tirur
Mainline rail interchange
Kozhikode
Mainline rail interchange
Kannur
Mainline rail interchange
Kasargode

2. Thalassery – Mysore New Broad-Gauge Line[edit]

The proposed project is a broad gauge railway line interconnection between Thalassery of central Malabar region of Kerala and Mysore, the cultural capital of Karnataka. The Konkan Railway Corporation has conducted feasibility studies and estimated a budget of 5,000 crore (US$700 million) for the 180.46 Km out of the total 240 Km BG line.[3]

Project Specifications
Project title Thalassery – Mysore New BG Line
Total distance 240 km
Travel time 5 hours
Maximum train speed 200 km/h
Number of stations TBA
Proposed project cost 5,000 crore (US$700 million) for 180.46 Km
Tracks TBA
Rolling stock N/A
Expected daily ridership N/A

3. Nilambur – Nanjangud Railway Line[edit]

The Nilambur–Nanjangud railway line also called The Golden I T Corridor or Wayanad Railway[4] is a proposed project to establish faster interconnectivity between the two states of Kerala and Karnataka through the construction of a direct short distance broad gauge line between Nilambur in the Malappuram district of Kerala and Nanjangud in Chamaraja Nagar district of Karnataka. The first proposal for such a line dates back to 1881.[5] By the successful establishment of this broad gauge line, the existing distance between Ernakulam - Mysore rail route will be reduced to 361 Km from 776 Km & Ernakulam - Banglore will be reduced to 500 Km from 637 Km. Estimated budget for this project is 4,000 crore (US$560 million).[6]

4. Redevelopment of Old Ernakulam Railway Station[edit]

Ernakulam Terminus (Station Code:ERG) which is also known as the Old Majestic Railway Station is an abandoned railway station close to the High Court of Kerala in the city of Kochi. It was the first railway station to be built in Kochi, by the erstwhile Maharaja Rama Varma XV in 1902. The terminus which is situated on 42 acres of land is proposed to be renovated as a PPP model project and the budget estimated for Phase I renovation as per the DPR produced by KITCO is 505 crore (US$71 million).[7]

Ernakulam Terminus Railway Station as of 2020
Ernakulam Terminus Railway Station as of 2020

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About K-Rail".
  2. ^ "Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited - K-rail | Company, Contact Details, Directors, Email id." Best Data Provider Company.
  3. ^ https://keralarail.com/projects/thalassery-mysore-new-broad-gauge-line-240kms/
  4. ^ "News Archives: The Hindu".
  5. ^ "Indian Railway News – Page 5".
  6. ^ "K-Rail Project Details".
  7. ^ https://keralarail.com/projects/redevelopment-of-abandoned-old-ernakulam-railway-station-near-high-court-as-a-major-hub-in-the-fast-developing-kochi-city/