Survey for new Renukoot-Korba Railway Line soon

DHANBAD: The Union Ministry of Railways would soon carry out a reconnaissance survey for the proposed new railway line between Renukoot on Dhanbad Division of East Central Railway in Uttar Pradesh to Korba of Bilaspur Division on South East Central Railway in Chhattisgarh spanning 331 kms.

New Railway line survey for the State of Chhattisgarh was sanctioned in 2016-17, officials informed.

The new line work from Dongargarh to Bilaspur via Kharigarh, Kawardha (270 Km) was included in Rail Budget 2016-17 at a cost of Rs 2,500 crore subject to requisite Government clearances.

Detailed Project Report (DPR) is under preparation.

The Ministry of Railways and State Government of Chhattisgarh had formed a Joint Venture Company namely Chhattisgarh Railway Corporation Ltd. (CRCL) for undertaking survey, development and resource mobilisation of mutually identified viable Railway Projects. CRCL in its board meeting has identified this project for taking up its viability study.

Notably, the development of two key Rail corridors in mineral-rich Chhattisgarh is now set to expand the Railway line network by 45 per cent in the State, officials stated.

The completion of Dallirajhara-Rowghat-Jagdalpur, East and East-West Railcorridor projects will comprise a total of 535 kilometers Railway-line during the next two to four years, they stated.

The East West Rail Corridor project is expected to get completed in 2018-19.

The corridor is to facilitate movement of about 60 million tonnes of coal to various parts of the country apart from providing passenger train facility for the local populace of the region.

The length of the rail track would be 135.30 kms.The Chhattisgarh East West Railway Ltd is the implementing agency for the project.

The Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) is co-ordinating the  construction of Rail line from DaIlirajhara to Rowghat covering a distance of 95 km with Indian Railways in Chhattisgarh.

The project for doubling of Railway line between Kirandul and Jagdalpur in Chhatisgarh’s insurgency ridden  Bastar region is expected to be complete by January 2019, official sources informed.

Notably, NMDC Ltd — the country’s largest iron ore producer and exporter had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Union Ministry of Railways on December 21, 2012 and the aforesaid project would be helpful in significantly augmenting evacuation capacity of NMDC’s Bailadila Sector mines by rail from the existing 28 MTPA to 40 MTPA of iron ore.

NMDC had deposited an amount of Rs 150 crores with East Coast Railway and the expenditure incurred as on March 31, 2015 was Rs 132.00 crore, sources informed.

For execution of the project, the Railways has divided the 150 km length of doubling work into three Sections namely, Jagdalpur to Silakjori 45.50 km, Kirandul to Gidam 52.23 km and Silakjori to Gidam 52.73 km.

Notably, the Rs 2000 crore Rowghat to Jagdalpur railway line would also pass through heavily insurgency infested Kondagaon and Narayanpur districts of Bastar division in Chhattisgarh, officials stated.

The project is a joint venture between Chhattisgarh government, NMDC, SAIL and IRCON.