Bhubaneswar, November 28: The Talcher-Bimlagarh new BG Rail Link Project (149.78Km) sanctioned in 2003-04 financial year achieved a major milestone as the Engineering Team of the East Coast Railway Construction wing conducted final detonation to force the Breakthrough in the 840-meter-long tunnel in Baruan Hill between Sunakhani and Samal stations of the ongoing project.
Video of this final detonation was posted by Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in his twitter handle on Saturday.
The project has faced major roadblocks due to slow progress of land acquisition in Deogarh and Sundergarh districts.
“The East Coast Railway (ECoR) administration is in constant touch with State and District administration to expedite the land acquisition work in the above two districts, so that, construction of this project from Bimalagarh side will be carried on,” said an ECoR release.
Railways have completed and commissioned 20 kms of rail line between Talcher Station and Sunakhani Railway Station in ongoing New Rail line between Talcher and Bimalagarh in December, 2019. Work is going on for another 16.30 km stretch between Sunakhani and Parabil in Angul district. Out of 149.78Kms stretch of the total project length, about 79 Kms falls in Angul district, Deogarh has about 32Kms and Sundargarh has about 39 Kms stretch, it said.
Once the project is completed, the Link will reduce the distance between Rourkela and Talcher by about 126Kms. This line will help movement of export quality iron ore through Ports. This project will boost the Economic development of interior districts Angul, Deogarh and Sundargarh of Odisha, it added.
During his last visit to Odisha, Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw advised officials to take necessary action and to coordinate with other agencies, so that the long pending sanctioned work will be completed at the earliest.