Under the revised debt funding plan submitted and approved by the Centre, Kerala has nearly halved the JICA loan to USD 2.5 billion from USD 4.6 billion earlier.
IRCTC will be restarting its Corporate Tejas Express train on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route from February 14.
The Punalur-Guruvayur train, which was raised to the status of Express, will have six stoppages in Kottayam district.
The chief minister assured that the high-speed rail project would not be implemented by causing destruction to agricultural land or by creating problems for the people.
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Sponsored by private and public organisations, the Lifeline Express’s projects so far have treated over a million poor people in rural parts of the country free of cost.
The income generated through the project, minus expenditure, should be shared on a 50:50 ratio between the Railways and state.
Southern Railway General Manager John Thomas said terminal works will be taken up on priority and the railways is examining a proposal to run premium trains, such as Shatabdi and Tejas, in Kerala.
The railway commercial wing has begun to collect information on which all sectors see heavy rush of short-distance passengers in the Thiruvananthapuram division.
Already, around 75 per cent of the regular services along Kottayam are running as special trains.