Railway Ministry to decide soon on Tariff Regulatory Authority

The Railway Ministry is likely to take a decision soon to set up Rail Tariff Regulatory Authority (RTRA) to suggest tariff hike in passenger and freight fare, Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said on Wednesday.

“Modalities for such a body (RTRA) including its composition, role and responsibility are being evaluated at an inter-ministerial group”, Chowdhury told reporters in Raipur on Wednesday.

“The Ministry has proposed to set up Railway Tariff Regulatory Authority for regulating inter-alia the tariff structure of the Railways. It is under discussion of inter ministerial group and a decision on it will be taken soon,” he said.

Admitting that rail ministry is running a loss of over Rs 20,000 crore, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, the ministry has come to the Congress after 16 years.

Chowdhury also said that Chhattisgarh, with its rich reserve of iron ore and mineral deposits,will play a prominent role in country’s industrialisation in the future. “Chhattisgarh is popularly known for its mineral reserve, particularly of iron ore and it will play a prominent role in country’s industrial map in future,” Chowdhury said.

Referring to the mega rail projects ongoing in the state, he said the Centre will help Chhattisgarh in every way to strengthen rail connectivity and augmenting the capacity too.

“Whatever is the demand of state, it can convey to us. We will try our best to accomplish them,” he added.

Admitting that rail ministry is running a loss of over Rs 20,000 crore, Chowdhury said, the ministry has come to the Congress after 16 years. Railways was virtually “regionalised” in this period of time and now we are turning it into a “national entity” again, he said.

The minister said though no new project is coming up in the state, the focus is on expediting the sanctioned ones including industrial rail corridors and the 235-km Dalli Rajhara-Jagdalpur rail link via Rowghat in Bastar.

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Indian Railways signed INR 4,000 crore to develop two rail corridors

Business Line reported that Indian Railways subsidiary, Ircon International, Chhattisgarh Government and South Eastern Coalfields have signed an agreement to develop two rail corridors at a cost of about INR 4,000 crore.

An official statement said that the preliminary work on the corridors with a combined length of 4,000 kilometer will start before the end of this calendar year. It will facilitate movement of passengers as well as freight, primarily coal.

The projects will be implemented by two JV companies in which Ircon will hold 26% equity and the balance will be held by the State Government and SECL.

Corridor I or the East Corridor will be about 180 kilometer in length from Bhupdevpur to Gharghoda to Dharamjaygarh up to Korba.

Corridor III or East West Corridor will be of about 122 kilometer from Gevra Road to Pendra Road through Dipka, Katghora, Sindurgarh and Pasan. The names of the JVCs have been proposed as Chhattisgarh East Rail Ltd for Corridor I and Chhattisgarh East West Rail Ltd for Corridor-III.

Source – Business Line

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Ircon signs MoU with Chhattisgarh govt for rail corridors

Aiming at expansion of railway infrastructure for smooth movement of passengers and freight in Chhattisgarh, the state government has joined hands with Ircon and South Eastern Coalfields for construction of about 300 km of rail network.

A MoU envisaging the development two rail corridors in the state was signed between Chattisgarh government, South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL) and Ircon in Raipur last week, said a release.

The rail corridors project will be implemented in joint venture model in which Ircon, a subsidiary of railways, will hold 26 per cent equity and the balance will be held by the state government and SECL.

The project — East Corridor and East-West Corridor — would come up at an estimated cost of Rs 4,000 crore.

While East Corridor will be about 180 km from Bhupdevpur—Gharghoda—Dharamjaygarh up to Korba, the 112-km long East-West Corridor will be from Gevra Road to Pendra Road.

The corridors are expected to facilitate movement of passengers as well as freight traffic mainly coal.

The preliminary work on the corridors will start this year.

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