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Dillirajhara-Rajghat-Jagadalpur rail line will be constructed in two phases
05-06-2014

RAIPUR: A 235-km Dillirajhara-Rajghat-Jagadalpur rail line will be constructed in two phases. In the first phase, 95-km Dillirajhara-Rajghat rail line will be constructed and in the second phase, 140-km Rajghat-Jagadalpur rail line. It was informed in the rail line project review meeting chaired by chief secretary Vivek Dhand here on Wednesday.

The chief secretary said that it is an important project for the development of Bastar area. As per the intentions of the chief minister, Dr Raman Singh, all the departments concerned have to ensure speedy completion of the work.

Dhand asked the officers of South-East-Central Railway, Rail Development Corporation, Bhilai Steel Plant, Forest department and Revenue department to solve any problem that might come in the way of the project with mutual coordination and give momentum to the work, so that it could be completed within time limit.

Director General of Police AN Upadhyay, Additional Chief Secretary Home, Jail and Transport department NK Aswal, principal secretary Housing and Environment N Baijendra Kumar, principal secretary Forest Amitabh Jain, secretary Revenue Department KR Pisda, secretary Mining Subodh Kumar Singh, commissioner Bastar RP Jain and senior officers from various departments were present in the meeting.

The chief secretary asked the special secretary Industries department to review this project within time limit. He asked the officers of South-East-Central Railway, Rail Development Corporation Bilaspur and Bhilai Steel Plant to appoint nodal officers for this project, who would maintain necessary coordination with the collector and divisional forest officer. He said to appoint one officer each in Bhanupratappur and Antagarh.

Dhand asked the collectors of Balod and Kanker districts to hold time-to-time review meetings and to solve problems coming in the implementation of the project. He instructed the officers concerned to ensure construction of BSNL tower in Ravghat and Atulkheda Lake. He asked the Railway to immediately deposit Rs 1.86 crore to Forest department for alternate sapling plantation.

The chief secretary asked the collectors of Balod and Kanker districts to prepare list of the project affected people and instructed them to take personal interest in distribution of compensation.

Principal Secretary Housing and Environment N Baijendra Kumar said that the project needs 131 hectare government land, 623 hectare private land and 691 hectare forest land of 42 villages. Additional principal chief conservator of forest Mudit Kumar Singh said that the Union Environment and Forest Ministry had sanctioned 342-hectare forestland for this project.