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