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Coal India hopes to move additional 50 mt coal post Mand-Raigarh rail route

Posted on Nov 13, 03:43PM | UNI

Coal India Limited hopes to transport an estimated 50 million tonne of additional coal within the current five-year plan from the proposed Mand-Raigarh rail route when it is operational, India Coal Market Watch (ICMW) quoted a CIL official as saying.

CIL's director (technical) N Kumar comment came barely a week after it was reported that the world single largest coal company' subsidiary South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL) had inked an MoU with IRCON International Ltd and the Chhattisgarh government to jointly develop two rail projects - East Corridor (180 km from Bhupdevpur-Gharghoda-Dharamjaygarh to Korba) and East-West Corridor (112 Km from Gevra Road to Pendra Road).

'If it (the East Corridor) comes on time, we will be able to dispatch more than 50 million tons of additional coal from SECL mines,' Kumar told ICMW.

Asked by when he expects the project to be completed, he said it totally depends on the progress of the project. Though the MoU has been signed, completion will depend on how fast land acquisition is done, he said.

'If the government (Chhattisgarh) gets us the land within one year, Railways says that they can complete the project within two years. So it will basically depend on how fast the land acquisition is done,' Kumar said.

He maintained initially, CIL is going to take up around 80 km of track in the Mand-Raigarh area, which will ultimately be connected to Korba, but through Korba it will go to Pendra.