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Thiruvananthapuram–Mangalore high-speed passenger corridor

Thiruvananthapuram–Mangalore high-speed rail corridor
Overview
Type High-speed rail
Status On hold
Locale Kerala
Karnataka
Termini Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Mangalore, Karnataka
Stations 11
Operation
Operator(s) Kerala High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (KHSRC)
Character Elevated and underground, grade-separated, dedicated passenger tracks
Technical
Line length 630 km (390 mi)
No. of tracks 2
Operating speed 300 km/h (190 mph)

The Thiruvananthapuram–Mangalore high-speed passenger corridor was a proposed high-speed rail corridor in India that would connect the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram with Mangalore in Karnataka. In February 2014, the Indian media reported that the state government had shelved the project.

History

The Thiruvananthapuram – Mangalore high-speed passenger corridor was mooted in the 2009-10 budget speech of the LDF government. The project was cleared by the State Cabinet in February 2010.[1][2] The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) was appointed as the nodal agency to develop the project. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) conducted the pre-feasibility study of the project. DMRC submitted a detailed project report (DPR) for the project by July 2013.[3]

In September 2011, a special purpose vehicle, the Kerala High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (KHSRC) was formed to implement the project.[4]

The Ministry of Railways has stated that the project is feasible and has expressed full support for the project. Approximately 800 hectares of land will have to be acquired for the project. 250 hectares of land has to be acquired for the 200 km stretch from Thiruvananthapuram to Ernakulam. This will displace 1600 to 1700 families. The corridor was expected to be ready by March 2020.[5]

In February 2014, the state government shelved the project.The Times of India quoted unnamed sources as stating, "It has not been scrapped officially, but it is at a dead stage. The estimated project cost has almost doubled now, and the more the delay, the costlier the project would become." The cost of constructing the project was estimated to be 1.80 lakh crore, much higher than the originally estimated 1 lakh crore.[6][7][8] 80% of the cost was proposed to be funded by JICA, and the remaining 20% by the State and Central governments.

Plan

The 630-kilometre-long high-speed corridor from Thiruvananthapuram to Mangalore was planned to be built 4 km east of the existing line.[6][7][8] The corridor would not have any level crossings. The distance between two pillars of the elevated rail was proposed as 25 m, and the line would run 5 m above the ground level.[9]

The first phase of construction would have included building a high-speed rail link between Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. This was proposed to be completed within 5 12 years from start of construction. Kochi would then be linked with Mangalore in the second phase. There were also proposals to extend the rail line to [11]

The proposed stations are Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Chengannur, Kottayam, Kochi, Thrissur, Valancheri, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasargod and Mangalore.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ "No cause for concern over high speed rail: Chandy".  
  2. ^ "Kerala Chief Minister assures people on high speed rail project". NDTV. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  3. ^ S. Anil Radhakrishnan. "High Speed Corridor: DMRC needs more time to submit report". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  4. ^ "Kerala's High Speed Dilemma". Yentha.com. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  5. ^ "‘1,700 families to be displaced for high speed rail project’".  
  6. ^ a b High speed rail project shelved by planning board - The Times of India
  7. ^ a b http://english.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/contentView.do?contentId=16193075&tabId=1&programId=11565535
  8. ^ a b Kerala pauses work on high-speed rail corridor project - News Oneindia
  9. ^ TNN Sep 17, 2012, 05:18 am IST (2012-09-17). "Survey for high-speed rail sparks local ire". The Times of India. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  10. ^ T Ramavarman (2012-07-07). "High-speed rail corridor may go up to Udupi". The Times of India. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  11. ^ http://www.idd.kar.nic.in/docs/KIT_I.pdf
  12. ^ "Thiruvananthapuram: Work on high speed rail corridor to begin in 2014". Ibnlive.in.com. 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
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