SAIl's commercial production from Rowghat likely by 2022

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SAIl's commercial production from Rowghat likely by 2022

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 | Staff Reporter | Raipur

The commercial production of iron ore from Rowghat iron ore mines of Steel Authority of India ltd (SAIl) in Chhattisgarh shall begin from the year 2022, officials informed.

An agreement for engagement of Mines Developer and Operator (MDO) for development and operation of 14 Million Tones per Annum (MTPA) Iron Ore SAIl mine at Rowghat was signed between SAIl’s Bhilai Steel Plant and M/s ACB Mining Private limited, New Delhi. M/s ACB Mining Private limited, New Delhi, recently.

The MDO shall develop Rowghat iron ore mines on behalf of SAIl’s Bhilai Steel Plant for a period of 30 years and commercial production from mines shall begin from the year 2022.

Notably, the Steel Authority of India ltd (SAIl) is co-ordinating the construction of Railay line from DaIlirajhara to Rowghat covering a distance of 95 km with Indian Railways in Chhattisgarh.

The project for doubling of Railway line between Kirandul and Jagdalpurin Chhatisgarh’s insurgency ridden  Bastar region is expected to be complete by January 2019, official sources informed.

Notably, NMDC ltd had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Union Ministry of Railways on December 21, 2012 and the aforesaid project would be helpful in significantly augmenting evacuation capacity of NMDC’s Bailadila Sector mines by rail from the existing 28 MTPA to 40 MTPA of iron ore.

NMDC had deposited an amount of Rs 150 crores with East Coast Railwayand the expenditure incurred as on March 31, 2015 was Rs 132.00 crore, sources informed.

For execution of the project, the Railways has divided the 150 km length of doubling work into three Sections namely, Jagdalpur to Silakjori 45.50 km, Kirandul to Gidam 52.23 km and Silakjori to Gidam 52.73 km.

Notably, the Rs 2000 crore Rowghat to Jagdalpur railway line would also pass through heavily insurgency infested Kondagaon and Narayanpur districts of Bastar division in Chhattisgarh, officials stated.

The project is a joint venture between Chhattisgarh government, NMDC, SAIl and IRCON.

The initial stretch of the first phase of the ambitious 235-km-long Dallirajhara-Rowghat-Jagdalpur Railway line project in Bastar division of Chhattisgarh has been completed, officials stated.

In all, 17 km Rail track has been completed in the first phase and Chief Minister Raman Singh had expressed happiness over the achievement, they stated.

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