CCEA clears fourth railway line work between Jharsuguda and Bilaspur

New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for construction of fourth line between Jharsuguda in Odisha and Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh at an estimated cost of Rs1,973.46 crore.

The 206 km long railway line is expected to be completed in five years and the completion cost will be Rs 2,298.31 crore.

The new line will cover Jharsuguda district in Odisha and Raigarh, Janjgir-Naila and Bilaspur district of Chhatisgarh, said a release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Apart from facilitating travel, the new line will provide the industries, coal fields, lime stone and dolomite mines, cement and steel plants in the region to have additional transport capacity to meet their requirement.

Notably, the Jharsuguda-Bilaspur route forms a part of Howrah-Mumbai trunk route passing through major industrial areas.

This line plays an important role in transportation of freight and passenger traffic from Eastern and Southern regions to Northern and Western regions and vice versa.