Exit from Jharia coal belt to cost Indian railways Rs 2,500 crore

Exit from Jharia coal belt to cost Indian railways Rs 2,500 crore

The Indian Railways is staring at a possible loss of over Rs 2,500 crore annually due to imminent closure of the 41-km long line between Chandrapura and Dhanbad as the land around the section in Jharia coalfields has started caving in due to underground fire.

Rail traffic on the section will be completely suspended from June 15.

The closure of the section in Jharkhand will affect the daily movement of 37 passenger and freight trains resulting in a loss of about Rs 7 crore a day.

Jharia, one of India’s biggest coalfields is estimated to have nearly 80 cases of underground fire since 1916.

According to experts, unsafe and illegal mining has led to fire in coal deposits under the surface of the Jharia coalfields. The continuous fire now pose a serious risk to the population living in the area and a threat to rail transport.

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Credit: The Economic Times

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