The major projects propose to undertake by the Joint Venture Company, Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited., are:
- Thalassery – Mysore New Broad-Gauge Line (240Kms):
The Broad-Gauge Line from Thalassery to Mysore via Mananthavadi in Wayanad district and Kannur district will not only boost the socio-economic development of tribal areas of Kannur and Wayanad, but also provide a direct rail link from central Malabar to Mysore and Bangalore. The proposed East bound direct line will be 240 Km long and will take only about 5 hours to Mysore. The estimated cost of Thalassery – Mysore Railway line (180.46 Km) has been assessed as Rs. 5000.3 Crore as per Feasibility report by Konkan Railway Corporation Limited.
- 3rd and 4th line between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod for facilitating Semi High-Speed Trains (575 Kms):
The existing railway line between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod is highly saturated and due to sharp curves and older alignment, the average sectional speed of Mail/Express trains are limited to 45 Kmph. The proposed 3rd and 4th lines are planned to be in mostly straight alignment which is designed to run at a Semi-High Speed of 180 Kmph. This makes the travel between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod faster at an average speed of 130 Kmphie. Less than 4 hours compared with the present 10 to 12 hrs. The approximate cost of the project is Rs. 46, 769/- Crore.
- Erumeli – Punalur New Broad-Gauge Line (65 Kms):
The project is for extending the Angamali – Erumeli (Sabari) line from Erumeli – Punalur to connect the Kollam – Shengotta line. This link will be a boost to the economic development of the hilly regions of Kerala from AngamalitoPunalur. This also links the Southern Tamil Nadu Pilgrims to Sabarimala. The Completion Cost of the project is Rs. 2154 Crore.
- Ettumanoor – Pala Sabari Link line (15 Kms):
This 15 Km Ettumanoor – Pala New BG line is a cost-effective link will function as an outer ring rail for Kochi. (Angamali–Moovattupuzha – Kothamangalam – Thodupuzha – Pala – Ettumanoor – Kottayam – Ernakulam – Aluva). The completion cost of the Project is aboutRs. 225 Crore.
- Redevelopment of abandoned old Ernakulam Railway Station near High Court as a major hub in the fast-developingKochi City:
The old Ernakulam Terminus (ERG) was built in 1902 by the erstwhile Maharaja of Kochi. It was abandoned in 1990 with the development of Ernakulam Junction and yard. The terminus is situated on 42 acres land and there is a track to the main line. This project is intended to rebuild the rail infrastructure in the terminus to world class standard as well to commercially exploit the spare land available. A DPR was prepared by KITCO with a total cost of Rs. 505 crores in Phase I. it is proposed to take up this project as PPP model.
- Rapid Rail Transit System (125.56 Kms):
Optimum utilization of existing BG – Double Line railway section between Thiruvananthapuram and Chengannur – Distance – 125.56 Km. Enhance capacity substantially with introduction of automatic signaling, better yard layout. This will facilitate in introducing more trains like DEMU / MEMU, and will able to cater to huge commuter transportation needs. The Cost of Project is Rs. 1,836 Crores as per the DPR prepared by Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation Limited.
- Nanjangud – Sulthanbathery – Nilambur Railway Line (176km)
The proposed BG line provides the missing link between Nilambur in Malappuram District of Kerala and Nanjangud in Chamaraja Nagar District of Karnataka. Nilambur is an existing Railway station connected to Shoranur. Nanjangud is an existing Railway Station in Mysore – Chamarajanagar sections. The proposed BG line provides a direct short distance connectivity between Kerala and Karnataka through Kalpetta and Sulthanbatheri and the distance from Ernakulam to Mysore will get reduced to 361 Kms from the existing 776 Kms. Similarly the distance to Bangalore will get reduced to 500 Kms from the existing 637 KMs. In addition to bringing down the distance between South Kerala and Bangalore/Mysore, this line will also provides connectivity to the districts of Malappuram and Wayanad. It is proposed to provide underground tunnel in the forest areas of western ghats of Kerala and Karnataka without disturbing the wildlife. The estimated cost is approximately Rs.4000 crores.