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Rail Corridor to Facilitate Faster Coal Movement to Paradip and Damra Ports

Newdelhi:11/7/22:Talcher Coalfields of Mahanadi Coalfield is one of the largest with about 52 BT of coal resources, which is 15% of total prognosticated coal resources in the country. Of the available resources in Talcher Coalfield, more than 63 % (33 BT) lies within 300 m depth, presenting significant potential for open cast mining.

Talcher coalfields have produced more than 95 Million Tonne (MT) of coal during  FY22 and are likely to make about 200 MT in FY 2024-25 and about 300 by FY 2030 from Mahanadi Coalfields Limited and allocated coal blocks. To ensure efficient coal evacuation, the construction of the rail line started in a phased manner in Talcher Coalfields namely MCRL (Mahanadi Coal Railway Limited).

The Ministry of Coal has identified the construction of the MCRL Phase I & II project as high Impact project under PM Gatishakti. “Mahanadi Coal Railway Limited (MCRL)” was incorporated on 31.08.2015 with 64% share of Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL), 26% of IRCON, and 10% share of Industrial Development Corporation of Odisha (IDCO)

The Alignment of the project traverses through the Angul district in Odisha. Angul and Jarapda are existing stations of the Indian Railways network. Balram is an existing loading station in Talcher –Balram private siding of MCL.

MCRL Phase-I (Angul-Balram) of 14 Km length is expected to be operationalized by this year. This railway line will cater to the evacuation of 25 MT coal from MCL mines in Talcher Coalfields.

MCRL Phase-II (Balram-Jarpada-Tentuloi) of 54 Km is expected to be commissioned by Dec’2025. It provides connectivity to allocated coal blocks on the southern and central parts of Talcher Coalfields.

Phase II is progressing rapidly, notification for Land acquisition and Forestry Clearance has been obtained. This railway line will cater to the evacuation of coal from CIL & Non-CIL Coal Blocks in Talcher Coalfields ~58 MT.

Thus MCRL rail corridor will be a game-changer in the evacuation of coal from Talcher coalfields. The rail corridor will improve the faster movement of coal rakes to Paradip and Damra ports, thereby decongesting the rail network and reducing transportation costs considerably. Shipping routes are much cheaper compared to the rail network and improves coal availability in the southern and western region of the country.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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