Indian Railways has just completed laying a much-awaited Rs 1,005 crore, 51 km track in Odisha that connects a large coal reserve in the state’s Ib valley with the rest of the country. Coal India has decided to start loading and transporting two rakes a day this month while the final plan is to transport 60 million tonnes a year.
The project that connects the Sardega-Barpali loading sidings with the Jharsuguda and Dhutra stations of South Eastern Railway in Odisha was delayed by several years due to land acquisition and forest clearance issues. It has been finally completed and will now allow Coal India to ramp up production by 60 million tonnes in phases.
“The tracks have been laid and tested for safety. However, signalling systems have not been installed yet,” a senior Coal India executive said. “We will not wait for the railways to complete installation of signals and other facilities. Initially, two rakes will run, which will be increased as and when other facilities are completed.” Read More…
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