Major eviction drive to pave way for Steel City Railway Line, Bokaro Airport

SER expedites 3rd line work between Adityapur-Kharagpur by removing encroachment

JAMSHEDPUR/BOKARO: Residents of Jamshedpur and Bokaro are all set to come under bulldozers to pave way for the railway line and airport projects respectively.

The South Eastern Railway on Friday confirmed that as many as 230 illegal houses constructed on the railway land in Krishnanagar, situated in the outskirts of Steel City, have been removed during the eviction drive carried for three consecutive days i.e from November 24-26.

The rail official at the Garden Reach headquarters said the joint eviction drive was carried out by the railway and district administration with total support from the state government.

Notably, the eviction drive is a follow-up action to the GM P S Mishra’s visit to the state on November 22 to seek the government and administrative’s cooperation to remove the encroachments for the construction of the third line between Adityapur and Kharagpur on the Howrah-Mumbai route.

Incidentally, out of the sanctioned 132km length of the third line project 77km falls in the limits of the Jharkhand while the rest 55km is in Bengal. The SER has set a deadline of 2022 for completing the Rs 1,312 crore project that includes construction of 18 major and 157 minor bridges to connect 16 block stations. On the other hand in Bokaro district administration is all set to begin anti-encroachment drive at Dundibagh under Sector-12 police station to remove squatters from the land of Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL) paving the way for development of Airport under Phase-II of Regional Connectivity Scheme (UDAN)-2016.

Bokaro is the 31 airport which is being developed to make domestic flights operational. The existing runway of Bokaro Airport is 1.67km. The Centre is spending Rs 31 crore in expanding the Bokaro airport which comprises strengthening of runway, construction of terminal building, air traffic control, boundary wall and others.

The work is in progress after foundation for expansion was laid by chief minister Raghubar Das and minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha on August 25. Expansion is required to make commercial flights become operational from here. District administration jointly with BSL management conducted survey and has given ultimatum to the encroachers to leave the spot.

General Manager, South Eastern Railway, P S Mishra conducted a detailed inspection of Adityapur-Kharagpur 3rd Line Project which is under construction by visiting the site along with Senior officers of South Eastern Railway and RVNL. The construction work of this project is being hampered due to huge encroachment at Krishnanagar and surrounding construction areas in Jharkhand.

Taking the issue seriously and with his personal initiatives, the GM requested the authorities of Govt. of Jharkhand to extend co-operation and help to remove the encroachers. With the full support of the State Government, a joint eviction drive was conducted from 24th to 26th November, 2018. As a result, as many as 230 encroachers some with double-storied structures were evicted from construction site.

GM/SER again has ordered the construction officials of RVNL and Railways on the timely completion of the project tentatively around 2020, which will make a great link with enhanced Line capacity to ensure faster movement of Passenger and Freight trains on Howrah-Mumbai trunk route.

This will help the Railways to start the work in full swing and the work will be completed tentatively within 2020.

The length of the project is 132 km and was sanctioned in the year 2015-16 at an estimated cost of Rs.1312 crore. The project is being executed by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL). Out of 132 km, 77 km is under the state of Jharkhand and the rest 55 km remains under West Bengal.

The project includes construction of 18 major and 157 minor bridges to connect 16 block stations. This third line project will not only increase the section capacity, but will also help to accelerate the mobility of trains. As the economic development of the region depends upon better connectivity and infrastructural development, this project will help the local inhabitants and industries to grow in a greater way.