Railways to construct 3 corridors in Chhatisgarh
Railways will develop three corridors of around 450 km in the northern region of Chhatisgarh state. It has signed an MoU with the state government for the project, which will be implemented either through specific Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) or any other PPP model.Under this MoU, Chhatisgarh government will provide land, cost of which will be part of the state’s equity in the SPVs.
The three rail corridors meant for both passengers and freight would be developed in northern region of Chhatisgarh state would include:
(1)East Corridor: Bhupdevpur-Gharghoda-Dharamjaygarh up to Korba with spur from Gharghoda to Donga Mauha to connect mines of Gare-Pelma block, 180 km in length;
(2)North Corridor: Surajpur-Parsa-Katghora-Korba, 150 km in length;
(3) East-West Corridor: Gevra Raod to Pendra Road via Dipka, Katghora, Sindurgarh, 122 km in length.
The MoU was signed in the presence of the Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi and the Chhatisgarh chief minister Raman Singh.
The alignment of these corridors will be such as to connect towns and villages in the region also. East corridor will connect Gharghoda and Dharamajaygarh, North Corridor will connect Katghora, Parsa and Surjpur and East-West Corridor will connect Katghora, Pasan and Sindurgarh.
Chhatisgarh will make its best endeavour to complete the process of environmental/forest clearances for the projects within a period of two years from the date of application for such clearances. The SPVs will be required to complete the construction of the corridors within a period of five years from the formation.