Odisha rail project for coal likely to complete by 2017: Coal India

New Delhi: Coal India today said the critical Jharsuguda-Barpali railway link project in the State to facilitate faster transportation of coal is likely to be completed by 2017.

However, coal connectivity line in Tori-Shivpur-Kathautia Area in North Karanpura, Jharkhand will take time, Coal India director (Technical) N Kumar told reporters here.

“The soonest which we can expect is Odisha one (Jharsuguda-Barpali railway line in IB Valley, Odisha). In 2017 we expect the line to be completed,” he said, adding that “I think Tori-Shivpur (rail line) will definitely take time due to problems like land acquisition in Jharkhand.”

He further said that the country’s coal import till January in 2014-15 was 172 million tonnes.

Coal secretary Anil Swarup had earlier said that the 53-km-long Jharsuguda-Barpali railway link was significant as it would connect most of the coal mines in the State.

The Jharsuguda-Barpali Rail link project is a part of the three inter-state rail corridor projects proposed by CIL, which are dedicated to coal evacuation in areas of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.