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SilverLine project

Date: 16 June 2021 Tags: Infrastructure


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



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



  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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.