The State Government on Wednesday asked the Central Mining Plan and Design Institute (CMPDI), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited, to complete the first draft report of comprehensive master plan for development of coal blocks by the end of this month.

The proposed CMP will reflect the blue-print of the alignment of roads, railway lines, rehabilitation cites and infrastructure for movement of coal from Angul-Talcher areas.

Meanwhile, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) called Mahanadi Railways has been formed for the development of a common corridor for Angul-Chhendipada-Talcher coal bearing areas. The SPV is a joint venture between IDCO and Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC).

The common corridor will have a railway link of 163 km with 308 minor and 77 major bridges. It will have seven loading yards and six railway flyovers. The cost has been estimated around Rs 5,500 cr, excluding land acquisition.

The required land for development of the corridor has been projected at 7,950 acres. The projected traffic of the common corridor has been estimated at 137 MMPTA.

Chief Secretary B K Patnaik on Wednesday reviewed the progress made by CMPDI in preparation of the draft plan for proposed common corridor at a high level meeting here. A core committee has been formed under the chairmanship of the Steel and Mines Secretary to expedite the project.

It was decided that the project will be developed in two phases. While in the first phase 104 km of railway line will be developed connecting Jarpada-Tentuloi-Nuagaon-Angul-Patrapada, in the second phase 163 km route will be developed connecting Mandakini with Buddhapanka.

The construction work of the first phase will start  from 2014 and the project is likely to be commissioned by 2017-18. The second phase has been targeted to be commissioned during 2023-24. Different implementation models for the project were presented by the Railway authorities in the meeting. After detailed discussion, it was decided to follow Non-Government Railway (NGR) model.

The Chief Secretary asked the Steel and Mines department to develop time-lines for setting up of end user plants (EUPs) of the coal blocks within the State.

Courtey: The New Indian Express

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