Construction Of Coal Rail Corridor By MCRL At Talcher In 2 Phases: Minister

Bhubaneswar: The Inner Rail Corridor for a length of 68 kms is being constructed by Mahanadi Coal Railway Limited (MCRL) in two phases, information shared by Union Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi in the Rajya Sabha today revealed.

Below are MCRL project details as shared by Joshi in the Parliament today –

Phase-I: Angul-Balram Rail Link (’14 KM),

Phase-ll: Balram-Putugadia-Jarapada-Tentuloi Rail Link (54 KM)

Status of Physical Progress –

Phase-I: 14 km : Construction of the entire 14 KM is in an advance stage by IRCON. Physical progress -95%. Scheduled Commissioning by IRCON: 31.07.22.

Phase-II: 54 km : Land acquisition is under process by IRCON.

Phase-I 14 km: All the land acquisition process has been completed including forestry clearance.

Phase II- 54 km: Land acquisition is being done under Railway Amendment Act 2008. E-gazette notification under Section 20A (i) for tenancy and Govt. Non-Forest land has been published on 10.06.2022.

Stage-I forest clearance has been obtained on 03.12.2021. Compliance to observation for Stage-II clearance has also been submitted. Site specification wildlife management plan has also been approved by Principal Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), Bhubaneswar on 21.06.2022.

The government is planning to produce coal from Talcher area by 2030, as per the details given below:

CIL coal blocks – 182.29 MT

Non-CIL coal blocks – 87.50 MT