Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Aerial survey for rail project begins

Kannur: The aerial survey to identify the alignment of the Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod semi high-speed railway (SHSR) project got under way on Tuesday, covering the northernmost 80km stretch from Kannur in the initial phase.
The aerial survey will be completed in seven days for the entire 532-km stretch up to Thiruvananthapuram, marking the first vital step before commencing the work of the project, named Silver Line, said an official release. This line will reduce the end-to-end travel time to four hours.

LiDAR (light detection and ranging) aerial remote sensing method is being used for the survey, conducted on a Partenavia P68 series aircraft that took off from Kannur International Airport (Kial).

A joint venture of the Kerala government and ministry of railways, the project had obtained the in-principle approval of the Centre on December 17, said the release.

The survey is being carried out by Hyderabad-based GeoKno India Pvt Ltd, which had also conducted LiDAR survey for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.

According to V Ajith Kumar, managing director, Kerala Rail Development Corporation Ltd, the implementing agency of the project, also called K-Rail, the survey will help identify the alignment very fast and start the construction. K-Rail is a joint venture by the state government and the railway ministry.
01/01/20 Economic Times
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