-The project cost is estimated at around Rs. 3,240 Crs.
-It connects remote and tribal areas of both Telangana and Chhattisgarh States.
Giving special focus for strengthening rail connectivity in the State of Telangana, Ministry of Railways has sanctioned nearly 15 Final Location Survey (FLS) for New Railway Lines. These lines combinedly stretch for a distance of nearly 2,647 kms and is estimated to cost nearly Rs. 50,848 crs. Apart from these, another 11 projects FLS have been sanctioned for Doubling, Tripling and Quadrapling for a distance of nearly 2,588 kms and is estimated to cost nearly Rs. 32,695 crs.
The Kothagudem - Kirandul New Railway Line is one of the important projects for which Final Location Survey (FLS) has been sanctioned by the Railway Ministry. This important line is likely to stretch for a distance of nearly 180 Kms and is estimated to cost nearly Rs. 3,240 Crs. This line will help in connecting the remote and tribal areas that are located in both Telangana and Chhattisgarh States.
The New Railway Line will be helpful in bringing hitherto unconnected places in the remote areas of Telangana and Chhattisgarh States into the rail network. Accordingly, the new railway line will be useful for the socio-economic development of the region. It will aid in the passenger movement from Telangana state to Orissa via Chhattisgarh and vice versa and it will give boost to the multiple sectors like agriculture, business, education, tourism, healthcare, etc.
The line passes through rich mineral belt and industrialized areas in both Telangana and Chhattisgarh states. This facilitates in providing effective freight transportation from these areas. This new rail line also helps in boosting passenger train operations through this area.
Ministry of Railways has been giving special focus towards rail development in Telangana. Over the past 9 years, the rail budget allocation to the State has been increased by almost 17 times i.e., from Rs. 258 crores in 204-15 to Rs. 4,418 crs. This has led to creation of new rail infrastructure in the State. Over the past nine years, almost 575 kms of rail has been added to the rail network in the State. The sanctioning of Final Location Survey (FLS) FOR 15 New Railway Lines is likely to give further thrust to the rail development in the state.