Kodungallur: The Railway Board has directed the zonal offices concerned to carry out a feasibility study on a coastal railway line connecting Kodungallur, Nedumangad, Malappuram and Manjeri.
The directive for the feasibility report has rekindled Kerala’s coastal railway line dreams.
The demand for the coastal railway line emerged by the end of the 1960s. The chief minister of Travancore-Cochin Panampilly Govinda Menon who also became Union Minister for Law and Railways had given fresh hopes to it.
However, coastal cyclones, tidal waves, environmental issues, apparent lack of political will and tussle between Centre and State governments have been posing challenges to the project.
If the coastal railway line in the proposed route becomes a reality, it will give economic advantages including a major boost to the tourism sector.
Harbours like Vypin, Munambam, Azhikode, Chettuva and Chavakkad are situated in this stretch. While tourist attractions like the Muziris heritage project and museums will also get more exposure with the project.
The connectivity and mobility between places will also improve if the proposed railway line becomes a reality.