Coal Minister inaugurates Rs 300 crore Angul-Balram rail line in Odisha

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Coal Minister inaugurates Rs 300 crore Angul-Balram rail line in Odisha

Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi inaugurated the Rs 300 crore Angul-Balram rail line connecting Odisha's Talcher Coalfield on 29 December.

About Angul-Balram rail line project

  • The rail link is the first phase of the total 68 km long Inner Corridor - Angul-Balram-Putugadiya-Jarapada-Tentuloi - which will connect the coalfields of Talcher Coalfields in Odisha's Angul district.

  • The project is likely to enable Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) to increase its daily dispatch of coal by around 40,000 tonnes.

  • The project was constructed by Mahanadi Coal Railway Ltd, a joint venture entity of MCL, IRCON International Ltd and IDCO, an industrial infrastructure development agency of the Odisha government.

  • The internal corridor is being implemented by Mahanadi Coal Railway Ltd (MCRL) in two phases.

  • In phase two, the Balram-Putugadia-Jarapada-Tentuloi rail link would be completed.

Talcher coalfields

  • Talcher Coalfields of Mahanadi Coalfield is the largest with about 52 BT coal resources, which is 15% of the total estimated coal resources in the country.

  • More than 63% (33 BT) of the available resources in Talcher Coalfield lies within a depth of 300 metres, offering significant potential for open cast mining.

  • It has produced over 95 million tonnes (MT) of coal during FY22 and around 200 MT of coal in FY 2024-25.

  • In order to ensure efficient coal evacuation, construction of rail line has been started in Talcher Coalfields i.e. MCRL in a phased manner.

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