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SECL's supplies to rise with the opening of new railway track line

All the three important rail lines that Coal India has been persistently pursuing have now materialized.
A 44 km-long new railway line in Chhattisgarh under East Rail Corridor from Kharsia to Korichapar commenced operations on October 12. This will enable coal evacuation from two large coalfields at Mand-Raigarh and Korba under the largest coal-producing subsidiary of Coal India, South Eastern Coalfields (SECL).

Chattisgarh East Railway (CERL), a special purpose vehicle floated by SECL, the government of Chattisgarh and IRCON International undertook the construction of the 136 km East Rail Corridor at an investment of Rs. 3,055 crore. It will connect Kharsia, Korichapar, Dharamjaygarh and Korba. While SECL holds a 64% stake in this tri-partite SPV, Chattisgarh government and IRCON holds 10% and 26% respectively. "Synergy between all the parties of the SPV helped the line to go operational in record time," said a Coal India statement, issued on Thursday.

SECL has started loading two rakes of coal per day from Bijari, Baroud and Jampali mines of Mand-Raigarh which will increase further five to six rakes per day pushing up coal supplies to power stations in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Plans include adding more loading points on the track to increase loading quantities.

With Kharsia-Korichapar line opening up, Mand-Raigarh coalfields, endowed with large coal resources will have an evacuation outlet. Availability of transport facility further unlocks the production potential of these coalfields. "As the work progresses and infrastructure is developed we shall start loading more coal" said the stated official.

SECL is expected to play a lead role in Coal India's one billion tonne coal production aspiration by 2025-26 with a contribution of around 26% at 262 Million Tonnes. The next leg of the 30 Km line between Korichapar and Dharamjaygarh is likely to come up by the middle of 2020. Later, with Dharamjaygarh finally getting connected to Korba – a stretch of 62 kilometres – CERL will see its conclusion of 136 Km rail line.

All the three important rail lines that Coal India has been persistently pursuing have now materialized. These are Jharsuguda-Sardega under MCL in Odisha, Tori-Shivpur under CCL in Jharkhand and Kharsia-Korichapar under SECL in Chattisgarh. These are coalfields that have large coal reserves and production potential which will contribute to higher coal production of CIL in future.
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