East Coast Railway (ECoR) signed an O&M agreement with Angul-Sukinda railway limited. Operations and Maintenance of 98.70 K.M, Broad Gauge (B.G.) single railway line between Budhapank Station (Angul) and Baghuapal Station (Sukinda).
- Operations and Maintenance (O&M) agreement of Angul-Sukinda Rail Line project has been signed between East Coast Railway and Angul-Sukinda Railway Limited (ASRL) at ECoR headquarters, Rail Sadan, today in presence of ECoR General Manager Shri Roop Narayan Sunkar.
- Managing Director of ASRL Shri Dilip Kumar Samantaray and Chief Commercial Manager (Freight) Shri H. L. Luang signed the memorandum. All Principal Heads of the Departments of ECoR along with Additional General Manager Shri Sharad Kumar Srivastava and officials from Stakeholders were present on the occasion.
- Angul-Sukinda Railway Limited, a SPV has been incorporated by the Ministry of Railway through Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RVNL) for Construction and Maintenance of 98.70 K.M. Broad Gauge (B.G.) Single Railway Line between Budhapank Station (Angul District) and Baghuapal Station (near Sukinda in Jajpur District) in Odisha.
- This new Rail-Line will provide a direct link between Iron-Ore rich areas of Odisha (Joda-Barbil) to Steel and Sponge iron industries in Angul region. It also provides a shorter and congestion free alternative route between the Coal Mining Belt of Talcher to Coal Based Thermal Power Plant in Kalinga Nagar Industrial areas (at Sukinda).
- This new line will be in close proximity to the Steel Plants in Angul region, NALCO and a cluster of Industries located in Kalinga Nagar areas of Odisha.
- The project line will also reduce the distance between Rourkela (Steel Plant) and Dhamara / Paradeep Ports. Dispatch of finished products of Steel Plants from Kalinga Nagar complex to destinations in Mumbai and Delhi via Talcher-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda will also be shorter and cheaper via the new alignment as compared with the route via Kharagpur.
- The 98.70 kms long project was sanctioned in 1998-99 and was incorporated in 2009. After the process of Land Acquisition and other technical solutions, the project of about 2440 Crores has been targeted to be completed by December 2022.
Source: East Coast Railway- Press Release | Image Credit: East Coast Railway