CCI to review Odisha rail project tomorrow

New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) may review tomorrow the progress of three rail projects which are critical for transporting coal from CIL mines located in Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.
"CCI may review the progress of three rail projects like Tori-Shivpur-Kathotia in a meeting likely tomorrow," a source close to the development said.
"The environmental hurdles are holding up the implementation of three rail projects," the source added.
The railways lines include Tori-Shivpur-Kathotia (Hazaribagh) BG triple line for the North Karanpura coalfield (CCL Jharkhand) and Jharsuguda-Barpali BG double line for IB Valley coalfield (MCL, Odisha), sources said.
These projects are getting delayed mainly due to forest and land acquisition issue, sources added.
The government had earlier said that two rail projects, including Tori-Shivpur, are likely to be completed by the end of 2017 and will facilitate coal evacuation besides pushing up the fuel production.
The third link, Mand-Raigarh Phase-I in Chhattisgarh, is expected to be completed in the beginning of the next Five Year Plan period, Minister of State for Coal Pratik Prakashbapu Patil had said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
"Commissioning of these rail projects would facilitate coal evacuation from ongoing and future projects and thus help in increasing the production and supply of coal from these coalfields," the minister had said.