length of a single line project with auto signaling system from Jharsuguda to Sardega via Barpali being constructed in the Ib Valley, Odisha. The ambitious rail line project will enable evacuation of enhanced quantity of coal from Mahanadi Coal Limited's mines in Basundhara area, Hemgir block.
10 million tonnes
current offtake from the Basundhara and Siarmal project areas of Ib Valley Coalfields which severely restricts the production capacity of these mines.
34.23 million tonnes
estimated offtake each year once the line is completed. The new rail line would ensure evacuation of 75-80 per cent of coal from the district to power houses in Southern and Western parts of the country through Jharsuguda link and 20-25 per cent to eastern India through Dhutura link, both on Howrah-Mumbai main line.
Rs 1,007 crore
Number of MCL mines that will be serviced by the line: Basundahra (West) open cast mine, Kulda open cast mine both in in Hemgir and which are operational and the new Garjabahal open cast mines, once they are operational.
Revised time frame for completion of the project.
Trial run begins.
21 Sep 2018
Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) decides to double the Jharsuguda-Sardega rail link to scale up coal handling. After commissioning of the second line, the handling capacity will be ramped up to 40 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) from 10 to 13 mtpa - Jaswinder Pal Singh, director (technical & operations), MCL.
22 Sep 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicates the line to the nation.