Published On: Wed, Jun 14th, 2017

IPRCL to Construct 15 Rail Over Bridge & Under Passes Near Ports

IPRCL to Construct 15 Rail Over Bridge & Under Passes Near Ports: – Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited (IPRCL) is an organization under the shipping Ministry with stakes held by several ports. The firm was formed under the Sagarmala initiative  with a mandate to improve port connectivity.  IPRCL to improve evacuation of port cargo  has identified 15 rail over-bridge and under-bridge projects for construction.

These are basically flyovers that cost about ₹100 crore each. The rail bridge projects were earlier implemented under the Railway Ministry.

Some of the first few projects to be taken up include those near Machlipatnam, Krishnapatnam, Kandla port and New Mangalore Port, said  Anoop Kumar Agrawal, Managing Director, IPRCL. The firm has equity from 11 ports and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL).

Till now, IPRCL had been constructing rail link projects for port connectivity. The Ministry of Road Transport, Highways had handed over 208 such rail over-bridge and under-bridge to IPRCL under the Sethu Bharatam programme from which the above mentioned coastal connectivity projects are being implemented first.

In some of the other projects, IPRCL is also building a heavy haul rail corridor, which will be a bypass to Cuttack to link it with Paradip port.

The other works where IPRCL is involved include Indore-Manmad line where JNPT will have a stake and a link for Karwar port in Karnataka. It is also undertaking two big railway yards at Sahibganj and Haldia.

IPRCL is also in talks with the Adanis to have a rail link for Dhamra Port and another link near Gopalpur port.

Agrawal said that the Odisha government will be taking equity and IPRCL are also in talks with Coal India.

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