Bhubnaeswar:The 92.825 Kms long Broad Gauge Single Electrified Railway Line section between Budhapank Station and Baghuapala Station has received authorisation for operation of Goods traffic.
General Manager Manoj Sharma has congratulated the team of ASRL & RVNL for this accomplishment.
The newly constructed BG railway line under Khurda Road Railway Division of East Coast Railway Division was inspected on February 21last by the The Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) Committee nominated by ECoR General Manager 2023 and the committee submitted its inspection report on February 23 last.
Earlier, Commissioner Railway Safety (CRS) had inspected Budhapank and Baghuapal Station Yards and advised for modification of Station yards which has now been complied with all safety angles to run Goods Train.
Based on the compliance to SAG Inspection Report and after perusal of various Documents/Certificates, the General Manager under the powers delegated by Railway Board has sanctioned for opening of the newly built BG Electrified Single Line Section for Goods traffic up to a maximum permissible speed of 65kmph.
Angul-Sukinda Railway Ltd. (ASRL), a SPV, was incorporated on February 20,2009 by the Ministry of Railways through Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RVNL) for construction and maintenance of Broad Gauge (B.G.) Single Railway Line between Budhapank Station (Angul) and Baghuapala Station (Sukinda).
This new rail-line provides a direct link between iron-ore rich areas of Odisha (Joda-Barbil) to steel and sponge iron industries in Angul region.
It will also provide a shorter and congestion free alternative route between the coal mining belt of Talcher to the coal based thermal power plant in Kalinganagar Industrial areas.
This will also be in close proximity to the Steel Plants in Angul region, NALCO and a cluster of Industries located in Kalinganagar areas of Odisha.
Dispatch of finished products of steel plants from Kalinganagar complex to destinations in Mumbai and Delhi via Talcher-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda will also be shorter and cheaper through the new alignment as compared with the route via Kharagpur.
The project is being funded through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model as envisaged in the Concession Agreement signed between the Ministry of Railways and ASRL on May 14 ,2010.
The funding pattern for this project was through equity-participation from stake holders and debt raised from the market.