NMDC to Develop ‘Block Station Yard’ in Bastar

RAIPUR: NMDC Ltd will be developing a ‘block station yard’ for its private railway siding coming up at its 3 MTPA steel plant at Nagarnar near Jagdalpur in Bastar district, company officials informed here on Saturday.

The electrical works for the proposed ‘block station yard’ is also expected to commence soon.

Notably, NMDC is developing a full-fledged Railway transportation infrastructure; the work for which had been going on at full swing at Nagarnar. The company is also planning to construct a ‘rapid iron ore loading system’ with a capacity of 14 MTPA at its Kirandul complex in Bastar which is plagued by leftist insurgency for years.

The project also comprises construction of  a ‘Merry Go Round’ (MGR) railway track.

The project for doubling of Railway line between Kirandul and Jagdalpur in Chhatisgarh’s insurgency ridden Bastar region is also expected to be completed by January 2019.

Notably, NMDC had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Union Ministry of Railways on December 21, 2012 and the aforesaid project would be helpful in significantly augmenting evacuation capacity of NMDC’s Bailadila Sector mines by rail from the existing 28 MTPA to 40 MTPA of iron ore.

 NMDC had deposited an amount of Rs 150 crores with East Coast Railway and the expenditure incurred as on March 31, 2015 was Rs 132.00 crore.

For execution of the project, the Railways has divided the 150 km length of doubling work into three Sections namely, Jagdalpur to Silakjori 45.50 km, Kirandul to Gidam 52.23 km and Silakjori to Gidam 52.73 km.

Notably, the Rs 2000 crore Rowghat to Jagdalpur railway line would also pass through heavily insurgency infested Kondagaon and Narayanpur districts of Bastar division in Chhattisgarh.

 The project is a joint venture between Chhattisgarh government, NMDC, SAIL and IRCON.

NMDC produced 3.29 million tonnes (MT) of iron ore and registered sales volume of 3.31 MT up to May 2016.

Quite recently, NMDC incorporated a subsidiary company by the name of “NMDC-SAIL Limited” in order to develop, sell and supply iron ore from the allocated mining resources in the State of Chhattisgarh.

Moreover, the completion of Dallirajhara-Rowghat-Jagdalpur, East and East-West Rail corridor projects will comprise a total of 535 kilometers Railway-line during the next two to four years.

The East West Rail Corridor project is expected to be completed in 2018-19.

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