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High-speed rail corridor to be completed in 5 yrs: CM

Hyderabad 22-09-2011: The proposed high-speed rail corridor project, connecting Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod and Mangalore, is expected to be completed in five years, said CM.

He made this announcement in his address at Suminfra's 2011's special session on Kerala organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Hyderabad. He also informed that the Delhi Metro Rail Corp has completed the pre- feasibility study on the proposed 550 KM rail worth Rs 77,000-crore.

The bidding process for the project will be initiated shortly and the project is expected to be completed in five years.

The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation has been assigned as the nodal agency for this project. The width of the land required to be acquired for the  rail corridor is 13 metres. The high speed corridor will use a greenfield route to keep the rehabilitation task to the minimum. The project would be completed as a joint venture between the Kerala government and a suitable private partner.

CM also said that the Government had also proposed to set up a 1,200 mw gas-based thermal power station at Cheemeni, Kasaragod district, with an estimated cost of Rs 4,500 crore and suggested CII to organise the next year's Suminfra, a summit on infrastructure, in Kerala so that the message, Kerala welcomes investors and new models of development will be promulgated.