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Cabinet to discuss rail link projects

122-km link is project of Coal, Rail ministries to link Mand-Raigarh coal fields

Sanjeeb Mukherjee & Sudheer Pal Singh  |  New Delhi 

In a bid to ramp up coal availability, the union cabinet is likely to discuss a proposal to lay new railway lines between and in Chhattisgarh and Raigad (Mand Coliery) to Bhupdeopur also in Chhattisgarh at a meeting scheduled for this week.

Officials said the 122-kilometer Rail Link between and and the 63- kilometers link from Raigad to Bhupdeopur is part of an ambitious project of the Coal and Rail ministries to link Mand-Raigarh coal fields of the South Eastern Coalfields (SECL).

Meanwhile, officials said the government is also planning to set up two other rail links for to connect coalfields-- one connecting the North Karanpura coalfield in Jharkhand and the other one connecting the Coal Field in Orissa.

The overall move is part of a bigger plan being implemented under the PMO’s strict watch to set up three rail lines, running 300 Km across three naxal-affected but coal rich states of Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand. The PMO has asked the coal, environment and rail ministries to complete the project in three years to free up 300 MT coal supply.

The three projects have been under discussions since the past 15 years. These have been held up due to lack of green clearances and land acquisition issues in the respective states.

People in the know said that the rail links between Palanpur and Samakhiali in Gujarat may also be taken up in the cabinet meeting.

First Published: Tue, February 05 2013. 20:58 IST