KRTL – Thiruvananthapuram Light Rapid Transit System – Kerala - Project Profile

KRTL – Thiruvananthapuram Light Rapid Transit System – Kerala - Project Profile


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Kerala Rapid Transit Corporation Ltd (KRTL), a special purpose vehicle (SPV) formed by the Government of Kerala (GoK), is planning to undertake the construction of Thiruvananthapuram Light Rapid Transit System project in Kerala, India.

The project involves the construction of a 22.2km light rail from Techno City to Karamana with 19 stations. Stations would be located at Technocity, Pallippuram, Kaniyapuram, Kazhakuttom, Kazhakuttom Junction, Karyavattom, Gurumandiram, Pangappara, Sreekariyam, Pongumoodu, Ulloor, Kesavadasapuram, Pattom, Plamoodu, Palayam, Secretariat, Thampanoor, Killipalam, and Karamana.

The project is planned to be implemented in three phases. Reach (R1) with approximately 7km will connect Technocity to Kariavattom; Reach (R2) with approximately 8km will connect Kariavattom to Kesavadasapuram and Reach (R3) of approximately 8km will connect Kesavadasapuram to Karamana.

The project will include the construction of parking facility, control rooms, waiting rooms, other related facilities, and the laying of tracks, and the installation of signaling and safety systems.

R1 and R3 will be implemented initially as both the sections does not require road-widening and R2 will be implemented only after road-widening, for which a project of the National Highway along this section will have to be revived.

National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC) has been appointed as study consultant and The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is appointed as lead consultant.

On August 28, 2014, the elevated Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) for Thiruvananthapuram was scrapped, and a Light Rapid Transit System (LRTS) (light metro) was proposed as it is technologically advanced and cheaper.

In October 2014, KRTL obtained mandatory nod by the government for the detailed project report (DPR) submitted by the DMRC.

In May 2015, the government decided that there would not be any private sector participation in the execution of the project.

In July 2015, the Kerala cabinet approved DPR.

In August 2015, the DPR submitted to the Union ministry of urban development (MoUD) and land acquisition process initiated.

On September 7, 2015, the Kerala government gave administrative sanction.

On September 15, 2015, the Kerala government appointed DMRC as the consultant and has sent a letter to the Central Government seeking in-principle approval and partnership of the Centre. The in-principle nod is expected in nine months and final approval within 18 months.

20% of the project cost will be funded by the Central government, 20% from the state government and the remaining 60% will be taken as a loan from agencies like Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA).

In January 2016, KRTL signed an interim service consultancy agreement with DMRC to prepare the tender documents for procurement of rolling stock, land acquisition survey, estimates for the flyovers, identification of major utilities and utility shifting plans. Survey work of the projects has already started after the state government signed a consultancy agreement with DMRC for the projects.

In May 2016, DMRC is preparing to finalise on the specifications of the rolling stock which are to be procured for the project. French company Alstom along with Bombardier, Hyundai-Rotem, Kawasaki, Hitachi and the China CNR Corporation Ltd have presented the specifications and their stock on offer for the modern coaches.

KRTL is awaiting in-principle approval from the MoUD and land acquisition process is ongoing simultaneously.

Stakeholder Information:
Planning Authority: Government of Kerala
Lead Consultant: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
Study Consultant: National Transportation Planning and Research Centre


The project involves the construction of a 22.2km light rail from Techno City to Karamana in Kerala, India.

The US$635 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of 19 stations

2. Construction of parking facility

3. Construction of control rooms

4. Construction of waiting rooms

5. Construction of other related facilities

6. Laying of tracks

7. Installation of signaling and safety systems

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