Kerala’s Second Metro Rail Project: Thiruvananthapuram Set for Major Transit Upgrade

Kerala’s plans for its second metro rail project are taking shape, this time in Thiruvananthapuram. The Detailed Project Document (DPR) is slated to be submitted next month, marking a significant step forward in the process. Following government approval and clearance from the Ministry of Urban Development, preparations for construction will commence. Notably, the success of the Kochi Metro, which operates at a profit, has bolstered confidence in the viability of metro projects in the state.

Initially, the project was envisioned as a light metro system for Thiruvananthapuram. However, after careful evaluation of feasibility, authorities opted for a medium metro model. The executive summary of this decision was submitted by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in February, setting the stage for further planning and execution. Thiruvananthapuram Metro will be overseen by Kochi Metro Rail Limited, with the DPR prepared by DMRC under their guidance.

The proposed Thiruvananthapuram Metro will span a distance of 46.7 km across two reaches, namely Pallipuram Techno City – Pallichal and Kazhakoottam – Killipalam. This extensive network will comprise a total of 38 stations, with two stations situated underground. The estimated cost of the project stands at Rs 11560.80 crore. Plans also include the establishment of a maintenance depot in Pallippuram, special systems at existing crossings, and tall poles in the rail area of Thambanoor.

Looking ahead, there are proposals for further expansion, including a 14.7 km metro rail between Enchakal and Vizhinjam, as well as additional stretches connecting Pallipuram Technocity to Mangalapuram and Pallichal to Neyyatinkara. As the project progresses through various stages of approval and implementation, it represents a significant investment in the state’s infrastructure and transportation network, promising enhanced connectivity and mobility for residents and visitors alike.

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