The government on Friday said 14 railway projects having an estimated cost of Rs 22,067 crore are being undertaken towards increasing the efficiency and further enhancing the capacity of the coal evacuation process, a move that will help in reducing the time and cost incurred in the transportation of the dry fuel. Once these projects are commenced, they are expected to augment the coal evacuation capacity of 410 million tonnes per annum (MTPA).
“The government endeavouring for a cleaner environment has placed great impetus to further develop rail transportation of coal.
“Fourteen railway projects are being undertaken towards increasing the efficiency and further enhancing the capacity of the coal evacuation process,” the coal ministry said in a statement.
These projects will cover a distance of about 2,680 km, which will be spread across Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
The total estimated cost of these projects is expected to be Rs 22,067 crore.