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Kharsia-Durg Bg Rail Track Project Gets Rly Min Nod

March 12, 2018
Based on the proposal of Chhattisgarh Railway Corporation Limited (CRCL) , Ministry of Railways has granted ‘in principle approval’ for new BG (Electrified) line proposed by CRCL between Kharsia-Baloda Bazar-Naya Raipur-Durg Corridor measuring approximately 266 Kms, the Central Government has informed.

This is including 11 Kms between Naya Raipur and Exhibition Ground existing line and 12 Km Pawara to Durg at total cost of Rs 4900.33 crore subject to equity of Rs 500 crore to Rs 800 crore by the JV company, it informed.

Notably, a project for new line from Raipur to Jharsuguda falling in the State of Orissa and Chhattisgarh was included in Pink Book 2013-14 subject to requisite approvals. The cost of the project based on survey was Rs 2161.37 crore.

Niti Aayog at that time did not accord ‘in principal’ approval for carrying out the project. Since project was financially not viable.

Both the State Governments Orissa and Chhattisgarh have been requested for providing land free of cost and share 50% cost of the project.

Thereafter, Chhattisgarh government came forward through the State JV Company i.e Chhattisgarh Railway Corporation Limited (CRCL) has identified this project for development and prepared the Detailed Project Report.

Notably, the East West Rail Corridor project is the other project which is to facilitate movement of about 60 million tonnes of coal to various parts of the country apart from providing passenger train facility for the local populace of the region. The length of the rail track would be 135.30 kms.The Chhattisgarh East West Railway Ltd is the implementing agency for the project.

The Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) is co-ordinating the construction of Rail line from DaIlirajhara to Rowghat covering a distance of 95 km with Indian Railways in Chhattisgarh.

The project for doubling of Railway line between Kirandul and Jagdalpur in Chhatisgarh’s insurgency ridden Bastar region is expected to be complete by January 2019, official sources informed.

Notably, NMDC Ltd– the country's largest iron ore producer and exporter had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Union Ministry of Railways on December 21, 2012 and the aforesaid project would be helpful in significantly augmenting evacuation capacity of NMDC’s Bailadila Sector mines by rail from the existing 28 MTPA to 40 MTPA of iron ore. NMDC had deposited an amount of Rs 150 crores with East Coast Railway and the expenditure incurred as on March 31, 2015 was Rs 132.00 crore, sources informed.

For execution of the project, the Railways has divided the 150 km length of doubling work into three Sections namely, Jagdalpur to Silakjori 45.50 km, Kirandul to Gidam 52.23 km and Silakjori to Gidam 52.73 km.
Notably, the Rs 2000 crore Rowghat to Jagdalpur railway line would also pass through heavily insurgency infested Kondagaon and Narayanpur districts of Bastar division in Chhattisgarh, officials stated.
The project is a joint venture between Chhattisgarh government, NMDC, SAIL and IRCON.

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