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Rail link in Odisha’s Ib Valley to be expedited to enhance coal output

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Reported by Chinmaya Ddehury

Bhubaneswar, June 13:

The Union government has decided to expedite work on the Jharsuguda- Barpalli-Sardega rail line that will help increase coal production and transportation in the Ib valley in Odisha.

Pic courtesy: thehindubusinessline.com
Pic courtesy: thehindubusinessline.com

The decision was taken at a joint meeting between the Minister of Railways DV Sadananda Gowda and Minister for Coal, Power and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal in New Delhi.

Along with the 53 Km. long Jharsuguda- Barpalli-Sardega line in Ib valley, which is a Coal India Limited (CIL) deposit, the meeting also decided that two other critical rail connectivity projects in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh will be put on fast track for coal movement.

All the three Rail Projects will be the prime supply line of raw material to thermal power units in the country.

The meeting revealed that the Coal Ministry had set an ambitious target of producing and transporting 100 million tonnes of coal for augmenting power generation in the country. Coal and Power Minister Goyal stressed on the need for completing the projects on time with clear timeline.

A Multi-disciplinary Project Monitoring Unit is being set-up with representatives from Railways, Ministry of Coal and Department of Revenue and Forest of concerned States for better coordination.