State approves land acquisition to build corridor

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has accorded administrative approval for acquisition of 834.680 acres for the proposed Rs 8,000 crore common infrastructure corridor in Talcher coalfield area in Angul district.
The proposed corridor will help different industries in Angul-Talcher belt as many of them are facing problems to set up their own rail lines due to opposition by the local people.
Giving its nod for the acquisition, the state industries department said the land would be acquired from 16 villages under Chendipada tehsil of the district.
In a letter to the state owned Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO), the department said 834.680 acres were required for the proposed corridor.
While the private land demarcated for the purpose was 558.306 acres, a total 276.374 acres of government land would be alienated for construction of the 143 km-long corridor with a capacity to handle coal in excess of 100 mt per annum.
The corridor, when completed would benefit about 50 industries in the steel, aluminium and power sectors, official sources said.
To begin with the corridor was to be developed as a 50:50 joint venture between IDCO and state-controlled Odisha Mining Corporation(OMC). However, IDCO has decided to develop the corridor alone after OMC expressed unwillingness to implement the project, they said.
It will support 10 blocks operating in the Talcher coalfields under the command area of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd.
The proposed corridor will be connected to rail heads at Jharpada, Angul and Budhapanka and will have multiple entry and exit points and no surface crossing. Flyovers have been proposed to avoid cross movements at junction stations.
It will have multi-point centralised loading stations.
Road and water pipe alignment will run parallel to rail alignment, the sources added.