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Lloyds Metals and Energy Limited Plans to Build 47-km Railway Track in Maoist-Affected Gadchiroli District, ET Infra


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NAGPUR: Lloyds Metals and Energy Limited (LMEL) plans to lay down a private railway line through interiors of the Maoist-affected Gadchiroli district. This could be the only second railway line of this backward district, considering the Wadsa-Gadchiroli line of South East Central Railway is work in progress.

The 47 km proposed railway track from Mul in Chandrapur to Kondseri in Gadchiroli will be constructed on a revenue sharing basis between LMEL and Indian Railway.

Entailing an investment of 3,500 crore, the project will be similar to the British-era Shakuntala Express — the train which connects Yavatmal to Amravati. The Shakuntala Express runs on a private railway line owned by Central Provinces Railway Company (CRPC) though it has passed its heydays.

LMEL operates a direct reduced iron (DRI) making plant in Kondseri. Besides shipping out finished steel to the rest of the country, the railway line will be available for carrying passengers as well.

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