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The Railway Board has given the green signal for laying of new broad gauge railway line between Bhadrachalam Road-Sattupalli station. Though the rail line is only for 53.20-km kilometre, it is crucial in terms of transportation of coal and checking pollution.
Presently, Singareni Collieries Company Limited transports by road through 500 big lorries coal from open caste mines located both near Sattupalli and Kothagudem. Also, the existing thermal power plant of TS genco at Kothagudem too receives coal supplies by road. The new Bhadadri thermal power plant scheduled to be completed by December 2017 will also be allocated coal from SCCL mines. Once the railway line comes up, it will be the end of pollution on the road caused by the coal-carrying lorries.
Telangana Roads and Buildings Minister Tummala Nageswara Rao said the approval letter from Railway Board was received on March 28, 2017. "South Central Railway authorities have forwarded us the sanction letter. The total cost of the project is 704.31 crore," said a senior official of the Roads and Buildings department.
Singareni Collieries officials said though exact calculations are yet to be made, they would be saving crores of rupees every year as the railway line will allow bulk transportation of coal unlike by road, and also the rail transport is more environment friendly compared to road transport.
As per the agreement, SCCL is expected to bear about 620 crore of the total 704.31 crore cost of the project. The remaining would be borne by South Central Railway towards land acquisition cost. "As on date, SCCL is producing 10,000 metric tonnes of coal per day from mines at Sattupalli.
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