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Rail Corridor In Limbo

Seven years after announcement of setting up Common Railway Corridor for Talcher Coalfields is struggling to take off, thanks to lackadaisical attitude of officials.

 
Rs.5000 Crore Project still hanging in balance, which was announced in 2012 for the coal bearing areas of Angul-Talcher-Chhendipada covering 85 Kilometer.
 
Senior Officials of Ministry of Coal are worried over such inordinate delay as the Railway Coal Corridor was to cater 15 Million Ton Per Annum Coal from the Talcher Coal Blocks.
 
At least 10 Coal Blocks in Talcher Area like Chhendipada, Baitarani West, Machhkund, Utkal Coal Blocks, New Patrapada, Nuagaon, Telisahi Radhikapur are to be linked with the Rail Corridor.
 
Recent review by the senior officials of Government of India reveals that progress of the Railway Corridor has been unsatisfactory.
 
While it was announced in 2012, a Joint Venture Company was formed in 2015 taking Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation of Odisha(IDCO) Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) and Indian Railway Construction Corporation (IRCON) to develop the Railway Corridor.
 
Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Coal and Government of Odisha joined hands to develop the Railway Corridor keeping in view the interest of the State and its industrialization in view.
 
At least 57 Major Industries like NALCO, IMFA, Tata Steel and others were to be benefitted from the Railway Corridor.
 
Steel, Power, and other sector industries were to be benefitted from this Railway Corridor.
 
5000 Acres of land was to be acquired for the purpose, which was an ambitious project and it was planned that the Rail Corridor was to be flanked by National Highway 23and 42 along with a State Highway.
 
However lackadaisical approach of the officers involved in the project is coming as a bottle neck.
 
Acquisition of land is posing a problem and coordination is lacking between the senior officials and District authorities.
 
And there is lack of coordination between MCL and State Government officials, resulting inordinate delay in the progress of the ambitious project.
 
It was expected that this Railway Corridor will handle coal traffic of over 100 Million Ton Per Annum in future and it has huge scope for development.
 
Multiple entry and exit points were planned for smooth movement of coal. Flyovers were also planned to avoid cross movement in Junction Stations.
 
Most modern facilities were planned for the Railway Corridor, however things are not happening as per the plan, rued a senior official.
 
In order to sort out the issues, Ministry of Coal has approached the State Government to take up the pending issues and sort out so that the Railway Corridor can take off in a time bound manner.
 
As there is inordinate delay in implementation, Project Cost is rising high for which authorities are in a worried state, said sources.
 
 


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