HYDERABAD: The Singareni Collieries Company Limited has released the first instalment for Rs 50 crore towards the construction of Kothagudem – Sathupally railway line. Singareni Collieries Chairman and managing director N Sridhar handed over a cheque to Vinod Kumar Yadav, general manager, South Central Railways at Rail Nilayam here on Wednesday. Sridhar requested the railway authorities to complete the railway line project on a war-footing before the Singareni company takes up the open cast mining project at Kistaram (Sathupally) in the year 2019.
It may be mentioned here that the Railway Board has already issued permissions for construction of Kothagudem-Sathupally broad gauge railway line. Singareni has agreed to bear the construction cost of 53.20 km railway line amounting to Rs. 620 crore. As part of this, Rs. 50 crore was handed over to the railways.
Higher authorities while reviewing the status of Kothagudem-Sathupally railway line project said land acquisition has already started and tenders were called for the construction of bridges on the government lands.
The railway officials requested the Singareni authorities to cooperate for acquisition of forest lands and private lands, and initiate action to get necessary permissions from the state and central governments. The Singareni CMD responded positively and assured funds would also be released from time to time as required by the railway authorities for construction cost. The SCR GM Vinod Kumar said they intend to complete the project within two years from the date of completion of land acquisition.
After completion of this railway line, a huge amount of coal will be transported from Sathupally to Kothagudem in a more environment friendly way. The present production and transport from JVR OC mines is 55 lakh tonnes of coal per annum. It would reach 100 lakh tonnes shortly and need to be transported. The coal is supplied to the thermal power stations. The coal produced here is being used by KTPS, Paloncha, Bhadradri power plant under construction at Manuguru, Yadadri Power plant under construction at Nalgonda will also use the coal produced from Sathupally OC.
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