Mangalore REfinery and Petrocheicas Limited to get dedicated Railway siding in 2 years. Suresh Prabhu to lay foundation stone at Udupi
Mangaluru: Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) will set up a railway siding facility, at an investment of Rs 46 crore over two years, to transport products from Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL).
There would be two lines of 800 metres each in the railway siding from Thokur station near here and after completion, around 2,800 tonnes of products are expected to be transported by rail every day, an official release said today.
The proposed siding would help in the transportation of products like pet coke, polypropylene, sulphur and bitumen from the plant.
The project, estimated to cost Rs 46 crore, would be completed in 24 months, it added.
MRPL would have its railway siding for loading and unloading facility in its premises within two years, which would reduce its dependency on transportation of cargo through road.
Several products of MRPL, including petrol, diesel and aviation turbine fuel, pet coke and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) were being transported by road.
The railway siding would ensure that a majority of the bulk products would be loaded on goods trains and rakes, reducing the number of goods vehicles on roads and bring down pollution levels, besides avoiding spillage of pet coke.
MRPL officials said the company s board had already given approval for the project and around 30 acres of MRPL land would be utilised for the purpose.
Meanwhile, Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu will lay the foundation stone for the project, when arrives to inaugurate the escalator facility at the Udupi Railway Station on Monday evening.
A release from KRCL said that the project would get completed in about two years. On an average, 2,800 tonnes of cargo is generated out of MRPL turning out to be an incremental loading of about one million tonnes a year.
With the Railway siding, the entire production of MRPL could be loaded into trains inside the MRPL premises, avoiding multiple handling of product that happens while transporting the goods by road. The move, besides being environment-friendly, is safer too, the KRCL said.
KRCL would construct the 1.5-km-long Railway siding with two lines taking off from Thokur Railway Station at a cost of Rs. 46 crore. The two-line siding would be 800 m. long to facilitate stationing of goods trains and loading the products.
MRPL first experimented with the transportation of pet coke by Rail last month, when it loaded about 3,500 tonnes of pet coke to Kalaburgi at the Railway siding of adjoining New Mangalore Port Trust. The move had replaced about 190 trucks from the road; subsequently the company had despatched a few more consignments by Rail. Southern Railway had handled the cargo then.
It will help to ensure smoother cargo handling and reduce dependency on road transport
Konkan Railway to construct a spur line of about 1.75 km into MRPL premises from Thokur
The two-line siding would be 800 mt long
Project cost estimated at Rs. 46 crore for siding and Rs. 45 crore for mechanised handling
Completion target – two years
MRPL produces about 0.8 million tonnes (MT) of LPG, 04 MT polypropylene, 0.9 MT pet coke, 0.15 MT sulphur, 0.2 MT bitumen, 7 MT diesel, 1.2 MT petrol, 2 MT kerosene and ATF and 1 MT naphtha every year
MRPL to build mechanised pet coke loading facility at the siding