Kerala Govt Approves 530 KM Semi High-Speed Silver Line Project

Kerala state government’s cabinet on Wednesday approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the 530.6 km Thiruvananthapuram – Kasaragod semi high-speed rail Silver Line project that aims to connect both cities at an estimated cost of Rs. 63,941 crore.

The decision was announced by Kerala’s Chief Minister via a Facebook post which also mentions the final alignment, prepared by Systra MVA Consulting in the past, has been modified slightly near Mahe and Vadakara.

The project will be developed by Kerala Rail Development Corporation (K-Rail) and aims to connect both cities through a mostly at-grade greenfield alignment with 9-coach trains running at a max speed of 200 kmph.

The semi high-speed rail line will connect 11 districts and aims to ease transportation along the entire north – south length of Kerala and reduce the total travel time to less than 4 hours, compared with the present 12 – 14 hrs it takes via the Indian Railways.

Eleven mostly at-grade stations will be built at Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kollam, Chengannur, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Kochi Airport, Thrissur, Tirur, Kozhikode (underground), Kannur, Kasaragod (elevated) –

Map of Kerala’s Silver Line project – view Silver Line project info & route map

The Hindu has shared detailed information on the line’s revised alignment:

In order to reduce displacement and avoid bifurcating Mahe, as directed by the government, two railway bypasses — Vadakara bypass (from Koyilandy to Mahe) and Thalassery bypass (from Mahe to Chala) — have been proposed by K-Rail.

Of the 31-km Vadakara rail bypass, 23.27 km will be parallel to the existing track and 7.72 km away from the track. Four landlocked locations to the extent of 103.07 ha and 448 houses will be affected. There will be four road and rail crossings on the stretch.

“The number of houses to be affected has come down from 1,201 to 957 in the stretch and the cost for the project is almost the same even after the changes,” V. Ajith Kumar, Managing Director, K-Rail, told The Hindu.

Rudimentary map showing the alignment change – source: The Hindu

With this development, K-Rail will now begin approaching financial institutions, banks and foreign lenders like JICA, ADB, KfW to secure funds for the project’s land acquisition, construction and systems procurement.

The Silver Line project’s DPR now requires approvals from the Railway Board under the Ministry of Railways, Niti Aayog and Government of India’s Union Cabinet.

For more updates, check out the Kerala Silver Line section of The Metro Rail Guy!


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18 Responses to "Kerala Govt Approves 530 KM Semi High-Speed Silver Line Project"

  1. PAUL says:


  2. sunilkumar vv says:

    Iam EE Vadakara kseb . I would like to know the final route of beypass near vadakara station .

  3. Chandrabhanu KK says:

    I want to know the final root map of the silver line running between Thallasery railway station and make.

  4. Prem prakash K A says:

    മറുപടി പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിക്കുക

  5. Biju G S says:

    Let me know the places it covers in ernakulam district.

  6. JOSEPH says:

    i want to know the route ernakulam district

  7. FRANCIS P D says:


  8. Nixon Mathew T says:

    As per the website , expected raid through semi speed rails is about 80,000 . This is too much exaggeration.

  9. Mohamed rafy says:

    We have 25 acre land in this proposed project of Kodimatha mobility hub and k rail project in Kottayam . Looking for serious buyers . Contact us on [email protected]

  10. Johnson Kuriakose says:

    I would like to know the latest alignment in Ernakulam district area please . Is there is any change in alignment, especially near infopark -smartcity area and if yes please explain why its been changed now ,as it was earlier passing through low density populated area ?

  11. Joe Joseph says:

    Rather than focusing on Silver Line K-Rail project why can’t we have additional railway lines with three lines for passenger trains and one dedicated solely for freight trains in the existing railway network and construction of Flyovers and underpasses for people, vehicles and animals in manned and unmanned railway crossings and tracks there by introducing many more semi speed (Train18 or Train 20) and highspeed trains from other states and within the state as most the trains get delayed only once they arrive Kerela which may have less environmental and people impact and make more economic sense

    As its not just Kerala but the whole country and world is closely watching the chaotic situation developing in Kerala which quite disturbing and hurting and a Chief Minister of State trying to be a tyrant or a dictator and using force on people who voted them to power in the first place and not being very clear or precises on the project details in democratic country like India. Also it abuse and misuse of the law enforcement force of state or a country.

    Nobody is against development but it should not be at a cost of people losing there houses, property,lively hood and only to cater to not just the not only to rich upper middle class and influential sections of society but also the middle class and poor sections of society as a whole along with a proper consensus and permission of the people of Kerala.


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