Coal Shortage due to Heavy Congestion on Kalamna-Godhni single Rail section: MAHAGENCO

The movement of rail traffic between South-Eastern Central Railway (SECR) to north Delhi route and vice versa along with rake movement to Koradi plant takes place on this route. This leads to bunching of rakes at unloading end. Till now, 4.5 km of the total 9 km length had been doubled by SECR.

NAGPUR: Coal-starved Mahagenco’s decision to sell coal to private power companies came under fire from Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Wednesday. It issued notice to the company and asked it to file reply within two weeks. Shrirang Bhandarkar, counsel for the petitioner Anil Wadpalliwar, had annexed media reports in the petition.

The HC also expressed displeasure over blame game of Mahagenco, Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) and two railway agencies over coal shortage and asked them to ensure that the Genco power plants had adequate coal stock in two months.

Mahagenco had submitted an affidavit in the HC stating reasons for coal shortage. It stated that against a requirement of 22 days coal stock in each power plant, Genco plants had stock between one and seven days.

The generation company stated that one of the reasons for coal shortage was heavy congestion on single rail track between Kalamna and Godhni. The movement of rail traffic between South-Eastern Central Railway (SECR) to north Delhi route and vice versa along with rake movement to Koradi plant takes place on this route. This leads to bunching of rakes at unloading end. Till now, 4.5 km of the total 9 km length had been doubled by SECR.

Mahagenco further stated that on request from railways, it had handed over the railway track to SECR. However, over the years, SECR has neglected its requirement resulting in coal shortage at Koradi and imposition of demurrage charges.

As per New Coal Distribution Policy, a tripartite agreement should be signed between Mahagenco, WCL and railways for coal transport. However, till date railways has shown no interest in signing it. Mahagenco termed the tripartite agreement essential for improving coal stock.

Replying to railways’ contention on demurrage charges, Mahagenco said delay in unloading the wagons was due to bunching of rakes, wet and sticky coal, lumpy coal and sick wagons.

Meanwhile, Mahagenco has clarified that sale of coal to private companies was only for a period of eight months — from April 2018 to November 2018. “This exercise will reduce the cost of 400MW power by between 35 paise and 40 paise per unit,” a spokesperson said.

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