PATNA: With the completion of Rajgir-Tilaiya new line, the railways now intends to build a flyover track between Bakhtiarpur and Barh in Patna
district at an estimated cost of over Rs 60 crore for the smooth run of goods trains carrying coal directly from Tilaiya (Jharkhand) for NTPC power station being built at Barh.
The flyover tracks will be the first of its kind in the Indian Railways and it will be completed on priority basis. It is a joint venture of the railways and NTPC.
The civil work on the proposed flyover track is likely to begin soon between Bakhtiarpur and Barh on the mainline section of Danapur division under East Central Railway (ECR).
According to the chief administrative officer (CAO) of East Central Railway, the railways is likely to finalize the design and structure pattern of the flyover track in January itself. The railways has invited tender to begin the ambitious project in the current fiscal year, he said.
The CAO maintained that the completion of this project would facilitate smooth and uninterrupted supply of coal to the thermal power station being built at Barh. The railways intends to carry coal wagons directly from Tilaiya to the Barh power station from the Rajgir-Bakhtiarpur route of the Danapur division, he said, adding the railways would segregate completely coal goods traffic line between Bakhtiarpur and Barh so that mainline traffic on the Patna-Howrah route is not delayed due to movement of coal wagon goods train.
According to sources, this project was duly sanctioned by the Railway Board during Nitish Kumar’s tenure as railway minister to maintain smooth flow of traffic on the mainline route, particularly between Bakhtiarpur and Barh stations. Besides, railways would run at least four to five coal laden rakes daily from Tilaiya to Barh via Rajgir-Bakhtiarpur section of the division. The sanctioned flyover track is a 20 km stretch between Bakhtiarpur and Barh.
According to sources, it will be the only flyover track carrying coal wagons in such large numbers as far as from Tilaiya to Barh to cater to the needs of the power station.
The railways, however, intends to segregate a separate line from the Bakhtiarpur yard to the power station for the time being to maintain supply of coals uninterrupted. Since completion of the flyover track will take time, the railways proposes to build a separate line from Bakhtiarpur to Barh as a temporary arrangement. This has become possible following completion of the new lines between Rajgir and Tilaiya at a cost of Rs 230 crore, sources said.
It may be recalled that commissioner for railway safety (CRS) R P Yadav recently inspected the newly built Rajgir-Tilaiya lines. CM Nitish Kumar had demanded early opening of this line while flagging off two new trains from Patna Junction recently.
Perhaps, conceding his demand, the Railway Board soon asked the CRS to inspect the line and submit his report soon. It is believed that the CRS would give his final nod soon for opening traffic movement on this line. The railways will thus have a direct connectivity with Tilaiya-Rajgir-Bakhtiarpur-Barh route for the coal wagon goods trains, sources said