Kerala’s Silverline Project is so close to being approved by the Ministry of Railways, Finance and the Union Cabinet. The project claims to reduce travel time between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod to around four hours. The usual travel time is close to 11 hours, and this project will cut the travel time drastically.
Congress isn’t too happy about it owing to the financial burden the project will impose on Kerala, which is around Rs 1.24 lakh crore. They’re calling the project “unscientific and impractical”. The project approval is in the hands of the Union Finance Ministry. The Kerala Government has appealed for a foreign loan of Rs 33,700 crore from them. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has shared that if the Government fails to repay the loan, the state would take up the liability.
During the Question Hour of the state Assembly, it was stated that Kerala’s Silverline Project will cost close to Rs 63,941 crore. The project includes developing a semi high-speed rail corridor that will connect Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram. The train will run at 200 kmph and stop at prime locations such as Kollam, Chengannur, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Tirur, Kozhikode and Kannur.
The project, at the moment, is aspirational. But it will definitely make mobility between the states more efficient and easy.