THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government and railways have started considering the construction of third and fourth tracks between the state capital and Kasaragod.
Doubling the number of tracks was among the projects that came up for discussion between chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and railway board chairman Ashwani Lohani here on Friday.
The chairman said the special purpose vehicle formed with the state government, Kerala Rail Development Corporation, has been told to submit a detailed report of the proposed projects, and the feasible projects would be taken up by railways. “We have issues related to the saturation of railway lines. So, a third and fourth railway line from north to south of Kerala received positive response in the meeting,” said Sudhanshu Mani, general manager, Southern Railway . The proposed 575-km rail line between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragode would require Rs 16600 crore.
Though the state had proposed new railway lines for high-speed trains, the railway chairman pointed out the technical issue of automatic signalling system, but said semi speed trains could be consider for the corridor. On the chief minister’s request, Lohani directed KRDC to submit the 247-km long Thalassery-Mysore rail project by December 31
The chief minister also requested the railways to expedite the Angamaly-Sabari line; Guruvayor-Thirunavaya rail line and Ernakulam-Ambalapuzha rail line work, bio-toilet facility in all trains and rain water harvesting in railway land in the state. The 65 km Erumely-Sabari rail project, rail connectivity to Cochin International Airport and railway terminal at Ernakulam were other projects discussed in the meeting.