PM Modi to inaugurate Ultra Mega Steel Plant & Rowghat-Jagdalpur Phase-2 Railway line in Chattisgarh today

New Delhi: Two mega projects — a ultra mega steel plant and the second phase of the Rowghat-Jagdalpur railway line (an ambitious project pending for nearly three decades since the time of undivided Madhya Pradesh) — will be inaugurated during Mr Modi’s visit, state government officials said. The Prime Minister will visit an education city, aimed at providing education to underprivileged children living in the area and interact with the students.

Mr Modi will also visit a livelihood college that has been imparting the necessary skills to youth living in Dantewada region to help them get suitable employment opportunities.

Dantewada rich in mineral resources, especially iron ore. The area has witnessed Naxal attacks in the past.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up the ultra-mega steel plant at Dilmili village in Dantewada, with a capacity of three million tonnes every year, will be signed during the visit.

Chhattisgarh will get a direct investment of more than Rs 18,000 crore through this project. Over 10,000 people in the region will get direct and indirect employment opportunities through the project.

Another MoU for the second phase of the railway link between Rowghat and Jagdalpur will be inked during Mr Modi’s visit.

SECR Official told that Rs.654 crore Jagdalpur-Raoghat project is a joint venture of Railways, State Government and National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC).

Rowghat mines are crucial for iron ore needs of public sector Bhilai Steel Plant, owned by SAIL, which sources iron-ore from Dallirajhara mines. As iron reserves at Dallirajhara is fast depleting, SAIL decided to develop a mine in Naxalite-affected area of Rowghat to produce iron ore of about 7MT.

Being a Maoist insurgent patch, need for security personnel was a must for which Railway has asked the state government to bear expenses of security deployment.

Chhattisgarh government had earlier said it can’t spare out the security for the project, but later in a recent meeting it was decided that Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF) and the Chhattisgarh Armed Police will be deployed.

An SECR officials said railway board also directed to consider the project as top priority and has also set deadline to introduce train services for passengers from Dallirajahara to Dondi.

Rowghat project has been in news for it witnessed threats from Maoists and protests by local tribals over land acquisition, resettlement, rehabilitation and deforestation. Maoists have repeatedly stated that they would attempt to disrupt the project.