IDCO-MCL to develop Rail Corridor in Rampia coal block in Orissa

Bhubaneswar: Common railway corridor will be developed in Rampia coal block for evacuation of coals. This has been decided in a high level meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra in secretariat conference hall yesterday evening.

Mohapatra has directed to identify the alignment of the line in such a manner that less of the human habitations are displaced and less of the forest land is diverted. Chief Secretary has also advised that Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation of Orissa and Mahanadi Coalfield Limited should take the lead to form a joint venture among the companies for implementation of the project. Discussions in the meeting reveal that Rampia Coal Mines & Energy Private Limited (RCMEPL) has been allocated two coal blocks located in IB valley area of Sundargarh district.

This company has been formed a joint venture company consisting of 6 industrial firms namely Lanco Group Ltd., Sterlite Energy Ltd., GMR Energy Ltd, Arcellor Mittal India Ltd, Navabharat Power Ltd and Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. for developing Rampia coal mines.

Sources say, the total reserve in these mines is around 645 MT. This is said to cater to the need of Strilite 1000MW IPP at Jhatsuguda, GMR 1000MW IPP at Dhenkanal, Arcellor 750 MW CPP at Keonjhar , Lanco 1000 MW IPP in Dhenkanal and Reliance 1000Mw IPP in Jharsuguda. MCL has also major coal blocks in this area.

For evacuation of coal from these mines it has been decided that a common railway corridor will be developed with equity participation from Government of Odisha and MCL. It has been proposed that IDCO and MCL will start the company in which other partners may join later on. Shares will be held by IDCO, MCL and other user companies. Common corridor will reduce land requirement and forest land diversion problem. MCL has been nominated as the lead member to formulate common alignment plan of the corridor in consultation with other partners.

Additional Chief Secretary Finance Sri U.N. Behera, Energy Secretary Sri Pradeep Kumar Jena, Pr. Secretary Steel & Mines Sri Gudey Srnivas, CMD IDCO Sri Bishal Dev, MD GRIDCO Sri Hemant Sharma, representatives from different companies along with other senior officers participated in discussions.

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