With CRB’s in-principle approval for Rs.25000-Cr. prioritised projects, KRDCL to submit DPRs by Dec end

TIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani giving in-principle approval for the Rs. 25,000-crore prioritised projects of the State, Kerala Railway Development Corporation Ltd (KRDCL) is gearing up to submit the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for key projects by December end.

The move by the KRDCL, a special purpose vehicle between the State and Railways to execute viable railway projects on a 51:49 cost-sharing basis, within days of the in-principle nod is aimed at securing allocation for the projects in the coming Union Budget.

The KRDCL has already roped in Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd to prepare and submit the DPR for the 247-km Thalassery-Mysuru railway line, estimated to cost Rs. 3,209 crore, before December 31.

The KRDCL has held discussions with RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Services) for studying the feasibility of laying the third and fourth line along the 575-km rail corridor from Thiruvananthapuram Central to Kasaragod. The corridor will cost Rs. 16,600 crore and the priority is for laying third and fourth lines along the 125-km line up to Chengannur to operate the RRTS (Regional Rapid Transit System) for short-distance commuters.

RITES will be asked to submit the DPR at the earliest. The report for the initial 125 km, estimated to cost Rs. 1,943 crore, has been prepared by the KRDCL, sources said.

The DPR for a rail corridor to Vizhinjam seaport from Balaramapuram is with Railways.

Railway hub

The DPR will also be worked out in two months for the railway hub proposed on 47 acres at the old railway station in Ernakulam. The aim is to operate north-bound trains from this hub, sources said.

The KRDCL is also trying to prepare DPRs for the 65-km Erumely-Punalur line, estimated to cost Rs. 1,600 crore, and the 15-km Ettumanur-Pala line as part of the Angamaly-Sabari line to get budgetary support, sources said.