Chhattisgarh state PWD to construct 10 new Railway bridges in the state

Raipur: The State Public Works Department (PWD) is in the process of constructing as many as eight Railway overbridges and two underbridges in the State at a cost of Rs284.37 crore. Out of Rs284.37 crore being spent on the projects, Rs265.29 crore is being utilised for construction of eight overbridges and Rs19.8 crore is being spent on construction of two underbridges.

PWD Minister Rajesh Munat has directed officials to ensure the construction  work of the bridges meet high quality standards.

Significantly, the South East Central Railway (SECR) in its recently concluded Consumer Fortnight sent its staff across the division to Railway crossings to educate people not to cross the barriers when they are down for passage of trains.

Significantly, a ‘Concession Agreement’ had also been signed between South East Central Railway (SECR) and Chhattisgarh East Railway Ltd (CERL) for development of East Rail Corridor in Naya Raipur on Friday last. 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 here.

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 Rs2,322 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.