Thiruvananthapuram, India (Urban Transport News): The Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (K-Rail) has awarded a contract to Indian Railway's Consultancy firm RITES Limited for conducting Hydrographic and Topographic Survey of Important Bridges, Major Bridges, Minor Bridges along the corridor between Thiruvananthapuram to Thrissur (261Km) for Semi High-Speed Rail Corridor (SilverLine).
"RITES has acquired a prestigious contract from Kerala Rail Development Corporation Ltd. (KRDCL) for the Hydrological Study of bridges along the Thiruvananthapuram - Thrissur corridor for the Semi High-Speed Rail Project (Silverline)," said an statement issued by RITES Limited.
Earliar, K-Rail had awarded a contract to Geokno India Private Limited for conducting the Aerial LiDAR Survey for Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod Semi-High-Speed Rail Corridor and another contract to PK Engineers for Traffic and Transportation Survey for Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod Semi-High-Speed Rail Corridor.
The 529.45 km SilverLine corridor connecting Kasaragod and Thiruvananthapuram, with an operating speed of 200kmph, eases the transport between North and South ends of the state and reduces the total travel time to less than 4 hours, compared with the present 10 to 12 hours. The intermediate stations include Kollam, Chengannur, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Kochi Airport, Thrissur, Tirur, Kozhikode and Kannur.
SilverLine will bring remarkable changes in local commute, by improving the travel time and quality of transportation. Every kilometre travelled by a person on semi high-speed rail is a kilometre not travelled in an automobile. There will be a substantial reduction in road accidents due to decongestion on roads. SilverLine also provides last mile connectivity which will transform people’s perception towards public transportation.