Saturday, November 02, 2019

Kerala Semi High-Speed Rail project: DGCA gives nod for aerial survey of proposed Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Rail Development Corporation Ltd (KRDCL) has received clearance from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for conduct of aerial survey of the proposed Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod Semi High-Speed Rail (SHSR) line. The Ministry of Defence had already given its go-ahead for the survey by deploying helicopters, based on strict standard stipulations such as skipping photography ofspecified strategically significant sites and installations.

The survey marks the prelude to deciding the alignment of the ambitious project 'Silver Line', to be executed by KRDCL, a joint venture of the Kerala government and the Ministry of Railways, an official release said here. The exact alignment of the 'Silver Line' would be finalised based on the aerial survey and the boundaries for the line on both sides would be determined only with the approval of the state government.
The process of land acquisition for the green field project would start only after that, it said. The Defence Ministry's clearance is mandatory for the survey as certain strategically significant sites fall within the ambit of the area to be covered. KRDCL has chosen the Hyderabad-based GeoKno India
Private Ltd to carry out the survey through bidding process.
01/11/19 PTI/India TV
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