Railway Electrification Work begins at NMDC’s Nagarnar ISP site

Nagarnar: Electrification work for movement of trains have begun at the Railway siding site coming up at NMDC Ltd’s proposed 3.0 MTPA Integrated Steel Plant (ISP) at Nagarnar in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, officials stated.

The company is expecting commercial production of its 3 MTPA capacity proposed steel plant in Chhattisgarh to commence by the middle of 2017. The plant is expected to be ready by December 2016 and trial of same will start by December 2016.

Notably, insurgency-infested Bastar region is set to be hugely benefitted by a decision taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving its approval for doubling of Jagdalpur-Koraput section railway line of 110.22 km with a completion cost of `1839.02 crore.

Doubling of this line will greatly ease the ever increasing freight traffic between these sections thereby increasing the revenue of Railways. The project is likely to be completed in the next seven years during 12th and 13th Plan period, officials stated.

Koraput district of Odisha and Bastar district of Chhattisgarh will be benefited through this project, officials stated.

The approved doubling from Jagdalpur to Koraput traverses entirely through the States of Odisha and Chhattisgarh and is necessitated in view of the demand of increasing goods traffic over a period of time due to increase in production of goods and minerals in the vast catchment and consequent transportation requirement.

Notably in May this year the Centre had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding each with the states of Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh for critical coal connectivity projects to improve transportation of coal, officials informed.

Agreement for World Bank loan of US$1100 million for Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) (Phase-2) have also been signed, they stated.

Freight train with speed of maximum 100 kms per hour will pass through Chhattisgarh in the East-West Corridor (Kolkata-Mumbai).

The train will traverse through the States of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra as the Ministry of Railways has sanctioned implementation of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) and Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) with freight train speeds of maximum 100 Kmph.

Development of two key Rail corridors in mineral-rich Chhattisgarh is now set to expand the Railway line network by 45 per cent in the State, officials stated.

The completion of 235-km Dallirajhara-Raoghat-Jagdalpur, East and East-West Rail corridor (300 km) projects will comprise a total of 535 kilometers Railway-line during the next two to four years, they stated.

Chhattisgarh currently has only 1187 route kilometers Railway lines.

Notably, NMDC is also setting up a Rapid Wagon loading mechanism with a feeding conveyor system at Mallinger valley siding of the East Coast Railway in its Kirandul Complex of Bastar division, official stated.

The company is presently producing about 30 million tonnes of iron ore from 3 fully mechanized mines viz., Bailadila Deposit-14/11C, Bailadila Deposit-5, 10/11A (Chhattisgarh State) and Donimalai Iron Ore Mines (Karnataka State).

Moreover, NMDC recorded iron ore production (provisional ) of 5.91 million tonnes (MT) from its mines in Chhattisgarh as on August 31, 2015.

The company informed this to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in its filing recently while offering details on production and sales of iron ore (provisional) upto the month of August this year from its mines in Chhattisgarh and Karnataka.

NMDC from its mines in Karnataka recorded iron ore production of 4.61 million tonnes during the aforesaid period. The total iron ore production from the company’s mines in Chhattisgarh and Karnataka during the aforesaid period stood at 10.52 million tonnes, it informed the BSE.

Moreover, the Union Ministry of Railways has provided in-principle approval for the construction of Raipur-Balodabazar- Jhasarguda and Ambikapur-Barwadih (Jharkhand) Railway line projects, officials stated.

The proposal was put forward by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh who called on Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi recently.

The length of Raipur-Balodabazar- Jhasarguda Railway line would measure 320 kms and Ambikapur-Barwadih ( Jharkhand) Railway line would measure 120 kms.

Meanwhile, the work of laying Railway track in 17 kms stretch between Dallirajhra and Dondi had been completed, Railway officials informed in a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand in Naya Raipur recently.

The meeting was convened to review the progress of the ambitious Dallirajhra-Rowghat Railway line project.

The officials informed in the meeting that the Dallirajhra-Dondi line would soon be ready for passenger train traffic.

It was also informed in the meeting that the tendering process of laying Railway track between 18 to 42 kms under the project had been completed. The work is expected to be completed by November this year after removal of power transmission lines and availability of police force to construct a total of 17 bridges in the district.

The tendering process is underway for 42 to 77 kms stretch and the same would be completed by January 2016 and the work in the sector would commence by February 2016, it was informed.

The surveying work is also underway for laying Railway track on 77 to 97 kms stretch, it was informed in the meeting.

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