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SilverLine project

Date: 16 June 2021 Tags: Infrastructure

Issue

The Kerala cabinet has given approval for acquiring land for its ambitious SilverLine project connecting northern and southern parts of the state.

 

Background

The SilverLine is an ambitious semi high-speed railway project that will reduce the travelling time for people from one end to the other.

 

Details

  • The project will build a railway corridor between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasargod, which are located at the two ends of the state.

  • There will be 11 stations in between. The travelling time between the two ends will be reduced to 4 hrs when the project finishes from the existing 12 hrs.

  • The execution of the project is being done by the Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL), which is a joint venture of Union Railway ministry and Kerala government.

 

Significance

  • It will be the one of the biggest infrastructure projects undertaken by the state. The existing railway line consists of lots of turns and bends.

  • It is argued that the current infrastructure cannot meet the demands of future generation. A new corridor is expected to reduce traffic load.

  • There is also a belief that the new project will encourage people to use trains more and reduce load on road traffic, which will in turn reduce road accidents.

  • The project is expected to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, develop Ro-Ro services, create job opportunities and connect IT corridors and airports.

 

Concerns

  • The project is already facing opposition from environmentalists and activists as they allege that it will have a negative effect on paddy fields, wetlands and rivers of the state.

  • Acquisition of lands from private players is a big challenge in state such as Kerala where population density is very high and there is presence of unions.