SECL expected to produce 262 MT coal by 2025-26 with new rail corridor

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South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) is expected to produce 262 Million Tonnes (MT) by 2025-26, contributing 26% to the 1 billion tonne coal production target of Coal India, officials said.

The subsidiary of the coal behemoth aims at playing a lead role to meet the production goal with its new rail corridor being built at a cost of Rs 3,055 crore, the officials said.

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  • Coal India officials said that the 136 km East Rail Corridor from Kharsia-Korichapar -Dharamjaygarh-Korba will play a key role to meet the production goal.
  • The miner had also decided to procure rakes of its own to expedite supplies of the fuel through the mode of railways.
  • In 2018-19, SECL had produced 153 MT of coal and the new railway tracks will help coal evacuation from greenfield and existing mines.
  • In the phase-1, the 44-km of new railway line in Chhattisgarh between Kharsia and Korichapar has been made operational from October 12.
  • An official said,”Already, two rakes a day are being loaded but this will be increased, and coal is now supplied to power stations of Maharashtra and Gujarat.”
  • East Rail Corridor is developed by the Chhattisgarh East Railway Limited (CERL), a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) between SECL, Chhattisgarh government and IRCON International at a cost of Rs 3,055 crore for laying down a 136 km rail line from Kharsia-Korichapar-Dharamjaygarh-Korba.
  • While SECL holds a stake of 64% in this tripartite SPV, the Chhattisgarh government and IRCON have 10% and 26% holding respectively.
  • The next phase of the 30 km railway line between Korichapar and Dharamjaygarh is likely to come up by the middle of 2020 and from Dharamjaygarh to Korba, a stretch of 62 km, is expected to be linked by the end by 2022.

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