Chattisgarh Minister reviews Chhattisgarh East West Railway Corridor Project

Raipur: Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ajay Chandrakar on Monday stressed over expediting works related with proposed ‘Chhattisgarh East West Railway Corridor Project’.

During a meeting held here, officials informed the Minister that under the project, railway corridor would be developed over a patch of 135 km stretching between Gevra Road and Pendra.

Out of the total distance, 100 kms of the corridor would fall in Korba district while remaining 35 km in Bilaspur district. The corridor will pass through Gevra Road to Kathghora, Sindurgarh, Pasan and would terminate at Pendra Road.

According to officials, for executing the project which is expected to boost industrial growth in the State, a joint venture company ‘Chhattisgarh East West Rail Limited’ has been established.

Officials further informed that the survey for proposed corridor is in its last leg. For implementation of project 41 km long stretch of land with minimum width of 20 meters and maximum width of 145 meters would be acquired. The corridor would pass through 17 villages for which 9 passenger stations shall be also established.

Acquisition of 130.168 hectares of private agricultural land, 9.82 hectares Government land, 57.277 hectares revenue land and 37.34 hectare of forest land including 21 houses in 6 villages has been planned, officials said.

The project would affect 568 farmers and for their rehabilitation detailed provisions have been made, they added.

Notably in  June this year, a ‘Concession Agreement’ was signed between South East Central Railway (SECR) and Chhattisgarh East Railway Ltd (CERL) for development of East Rail Corridor.

The agreement was signed in the presence of Union Coal Secretary Anil Swarup and Chhattisgarh Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand and SECR General Manager Rajiv Vishnoi at the Mantralaya in Naya Raipur.

The agreement was signed between SECR’s Chief Traffic Project Manager A S Babu and CERL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) A K Vishwas.

Following the signing of the agreement, the work for the first phase of the Rail Corridor project from Kharsia to Dharamjaygarh spanning a distance of 74 kms will commence shortly.

The project cost of development of the Railway line between Korba to Kharsia is `2,322 crore. The development work had been targetted to be completed by September 2017.

The agreement had been signed for development, management and operation of the Railway track for the East Corridor between SECR and CERL.

As per the agreement, there would be 50:50 revenue sharing between SECR and CERL on freight movement in the developed Rail line.

The CERL would  develop and maintain the Rail line and SECR would manage freight and passenger transportation.

This is a significant project both for the Central Government and Chhattisgarh Government, Union Coal Secretary Anil Swarup said.

The Union Ministry of Railways has provided in-principle approval for the construction of Raipur-Balodabazar- Jhasarguda and Ambikapur-Barwadih ( Jharkhand) Railway line projects, officials stated.

The proposal was put forward by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh who had called on Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi recently.

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