Concession Agreement between SECR-CEWRL for East-West Corridor

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Jul 2018 11:50:00




Staff Reporter


South East Central Railway (SECR) and Chhattisgarh East-West Railway Limited (CEWRL) signed a Concession Agreement in the august presence of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh for the construction, operation and maintenance of East-West Railway Corridor. The Agreement which has been signed for a period of 30 years, has paved way for the fast completion of East-West Railway Corridor connecting a distance of 135.3 kms between Gevra Road and Pendra Road. The project, wherein, double rail tracks will be laid between Gevra Road and Pendra Road at a cost of Rs 4970.11 crore, is expected to complete by 2022. It will facilitate evacuation of coal from the region and provide alternate rail connectivity.

The Concession Agreement was signed by Chief Traffic Planning Manager G M Naidu on behalf of SECR and CEO J N Jha on behalf of Chhattisgarh East-West Railway Limited. Also present on the occasion were Chief Secretary Ajay Singh, SECR General Manager Sunil Singh Soin, Nodal Officer (Rail Corridor) and Secretary to Chief Minister Subodh Kumar Singh, Chief Operation Manager SECR U K Bal apart from A P Panda Chairman, CERL & CEWRL holding additional charge of CMD SECL, CSIDC MD Sunil Kumar Mishra and several other senior official from state and rail administration.

CM Dr Raman Singh extended his best wishes and congratulations to the officials and stated that the project is very significant for Chhattisgarh, Railways and Coal India. He said the Prime Minister is directly monitoring the project and had expressed pleasure on the project. The Chief Minister also reviewed the progress of the East Rail Corridor which is under advanced stage of construction, with a section of first 45 Kms from Kharsia up to Korichhapur to be completed by March 2019 and directed the concerned officials for timely completion of the project. The agreement delineates the responsibility of construction, maintenance and operation of the rail system by sharing freight revenue for a period of 30 years by CEWRL with Railways.