The high-speed rail corridor project, the transport infrastructure project mooted by the state, after the Kochi metro and monorail projects, is gaining momentum with the detailed project report (DPR) expected to be submitted by September.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which is conducting the survey and soil investigation for the project, will submit the DPR by September, said T Balakrishnan, chairman and managing director of Kerala High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited.
The state had sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the pre-feasibility study and Rs 50 crore for preparing the DPR. Balakrishnan said almost 50% of the survey has been completed.
The second all-party meeting regarding the implementation of the rail corridor was convened by chief minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday. The chief minister announced a compensation package for those who will have to vacate their land for the project. He assured that the project will be started only after allaying the fears and concerns of the people.
It is estimated that 6,300 families will be affected by the project. The chief minister said the propaganda that land will be acquired in 110 metre width was baseless as the expected width was just 20 metres.