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Two freight corridors pick up pace

Bhubaneswar: Odisha's railway infrastructure is likely to get a boost with the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited’s (DFCCIL) proposed East Coast and East-West Corridor, both of which traverse through the State.

The DFCCIL considers the two proposed corridors to be a natural extension of the eastern and western dedicated corridors being implemented in the country.

The 762-km-long East Coast corridor will originate from Kharagpur in West Bengal and culminate in Andhra Pradesh. In Odisha, the corridor will pass through Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khordha, Ganjam and Gajapati.

Similarly, the East-West corridor planned between Kharagpur and Nagpur is 1,142- km long. The infrastructure will benefit three Odisha districts: Sundargarh, Jharsuguda and Sambalpur.

As per preliminary estimates, while the East Coast corridor entails an investment of close to Rs. 25,000 crore, the East-West corridor will require investment to the tune of Rs. 45,000 crore.

“RITES Limited, a State-run engineering consultancy company, has completed the preliminary survey and submitted the report to us. We are now working on details of the project. Our aim is to complete the detailed project report in five to six months and get it sanctioned. Subsequently, we will tie up funds for the project,” Anurag Sachan, Managing Director of DFCCIL, told The Hindu .

“Investigations are on to finalise the alignment. We may use new technologies borrowed from the high-speed rail project being taken up between Ahmedabad and Mumbai,” said Mr. Sachan.

According to DFCCIL Managing Director, precautions would be taken to incorporate road over bridges from the beginning. “Once the projects are sanctioned, we will start shifting of utilities in the first year itself. We will soon set up our basic offices for the two projects, besides commencing the land survey. After land acquisition, two years on, we should be able to start implementing the project,” he said.

The proposed corridors will cater to the transportation requirements of industries, mines on the eastern sector and ports. While laying new freight corridors, the DFCCIL would take care of environmental concerns, said Mr Sachan.

Asked if the project would face land acquisition challenges, he said, “Land acquisition in some places will pose a problem. In general, people are very keen to allow their land to be acquired as we pay very attractive compensation, which is four times the current market value of the land.”

Mr. Sachan said only 2% of land required for the ongoing east and west freight corridor projects was left to be acquired.

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