DMRC to carry out feasibility study of proposed line The prospect of a rail corridor from Thalassery to Mysuru has brightened with the government giving the nod to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) for a feasibility study of the proposed line. The government’s move to take up the rail line proposed 57 years ago and include it on the list of cost-sharing projects between Railways and the State is aimed at development of the Malabar region. The... more...
rail line will also give extended connectivity to the Kannur international airport in Keezhallur grama panchayat and Mattannur municipality. As per a survey estimate submitted to the railway board, the 247.5-km line between Thalassery and Mysuru via Wayanad will cost Rs.3,209.01 crore and the 298.75 km via Coorg Rs.3,778.71 crore. Railways did not go ahead with the proposal stating it unviable. Environmental concerns over the rail corridor through reserve forests posed another hurdle. New alignment The DMRC’s task will also be to look for a new alignment as the Thalassery-Mysore Rail Line Action Council has pointed out that a corridor via Iritty and Virajpet will be around 145.5 km and will go through only five km of reserve forests. The distance between Thalassery and Mysuru via road is 193 km. Accepting the conditions put forward by E. Sreedharan, Principal Adviser, DMRC, the government has given administrative sanction for the feasibility study at an estimate of Rs. 50 lakh. Of this, official sources said Rs. 20 lakh would be given to the DMRC as mobilisation advance, Rs. 20 lakh on submission of the draft report, and Rs. 10 lakh on submission of the final study report. Once the rail line goes on stream, the distance covered to reach Bengaluru from Kannur will come down from 708 km to 339 km. Tourism prospects The connectivity will also give a fillip to the tourism in Malabar as it will be easy for tourists to come down from Bengaluru and Mysuru to northern Kerala. The intervention comes in the wake of the government’s desire to have rail and road connectivity to the fourth international airport in the State. ×
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