44km Kharsia-Korichapar Rail Line paves the way for better Coal evacuation

SECL – a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd (CIL) eyes better coal evacuation with new 44-km-long new railway line in from Kharsia to Korichapar under the Bilaspur Division of SECR. Chattisgarh East Railway, an SPV floated by SECL completed Kharsia, Korichapar, Dharamjaygarh and Korba lines enabling coal evacuation from two large coalfields at Mand-Raigarh and Korba.

RAIPUR: Coal evacuation from two large coalfields — Mand-Raigarh and Korba — which fall under CIL’s largest coal producing subsidiary, SECL, will help push up coal supplies to the power stations of Maharashtra and Gujarat, said a press statement issued by CIL.

SECL is expected to play a lead role in CIL’s 1 billion tonne coal production target by 2025-26 with a contribution of around 26 per cent at 262 million tonnes.

Chattisgarh East Railway Ltd (CERL), a Special Purpose Vehicle of SECL, the Chattisgarh government and IRCON International Ltd, is developing the 136 km East Rail Corridor at an estimated investment of 3,055 crore. The rail line will connect Kharsia – Korichapar – Dharamjaygarh – Korba.

While SECL holds a 64 per cent stake in the SPV, the Chattisgarh government and IRCON hold 10 per cent and 26 per cent respectively.

“SECL has started loading two rakes of coal per day from Bijari, Baroud and Jampalimines of Mand-Raigarph, which will increase further to five-to-six rakes per day, pushing up coal supplies to power stations in Maharashtra and Gujarat,” the press release said.

The addition of more loading points in the line will take loading to higher levels, the release added.

Evacuation outlet

With Kharsia-Korichaparline opening up, the Mand-Raigarh coalfield of SECL, which is endowed with vast resources, will have an evacuation outlet for the transportation of coal.

The availability of transportation facility further unlocks the production potential of these coalfields for supply of coal to power houses, the release said.

SECL has started loading two rakes of coal per day from Bijari, Baroud and Jampali mines of Mand-Raigarh which will increase further five to six rakes per day pushing up coal supplies to power stations in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Plans include adding more loading points on the track to increase loading quantities.

With Kharsia-Korichapar line opening up, Mand-Raigarh coalfields, endowed with large coal resources will have an evacuation outlet.

Availability of transport facility further unlocks the production potential of these coalfields. “As the work progresses and infrastructure is developed we shall start loading more coal” said the stated official.

SECL is expected to play a lead role in Coal India’s one billion tonne coal production aspiration by 2025-26 with a contribution of around 26% at 262 Million Tonnes. The next leg of the 30 Km line between Korichapar and Dharamjaygarh is likely to come up by the middle of 2020. Later, with Dharamjaygarh finally getting connected to Korba – a stretch of 62 kilometres – CERL will see its conclusion of 136 Km rail line.

All the three important rail lines that Coal India has been persistently pursuing have now materialized. These are Jharsuguda-Sardega under MCL in Odisha, Tori-Shivpur under CCL in Jharkhand and Kharsia-Korichapar under SECL in Chattisgarh. These are coalfields that have large coal reserves and production potential which will contribute to higher coal production of CIL in future.

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