Nagarnar: Signalling work for the private railway siding coming up at NMDC Ltd’s 3 MTPA Nagarnar Steel Plant near Jagdalpur will commence soon, officials informed.
Notably, NMDC is also developing 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 , officials informed.
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 complete by January 2019, officials informed.
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, official sources informed.
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, officials stated.
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 upto May 2016, officials informed.
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 get completed in 2018-19.
The railway siding project is a critical component of the steel plant to bring in critical raw materials such as iron ore, coking coal, limestone and dolomite, etc for production and for outward movement of finished steel and slag. Phase I of the project connects the 6 km stretch from the KK Railway line with Nagarnar Steel Plant at Ambagaon and Ammmagauda by laying about 53 kms of railway line within the Steel Plant premises at a cost of Rs 283 crore. The Project is completed by IRCON to coincide with the plant’s production schedule, NMDC said.