Indian Railways prioritises Coal Transportation to meet projected demand for rakes by power sector

Coal transportation by Indian Railways in terms of tonnage and NTKM has increased by 11.92 % and 24.51 % in this current fiscal (upto Feb). Loading of rakes for power sector from various sources in the current fiscal (April-Feb) is 408 rakes per day.

Indian Railways prioritises Coal Transportation to meet projected demand for rakes by power sector
Indian Railways prioritises Coal Transportation to meet projected demand for rakes by power sector

NEW DELHI- Coal transportation by Indian Railways in terms of tonnage and NTKM has increased by 11.92 % and 24.51 % in this current fiscal (upto Feb). Loading of rakes for power sector from various sources in the current fiscal (April-Feb) is 408 rakes per day against 344 rakes per day in last year i.e. an increase of 64 rakes per day.

In the month of February 2023, 426.3 rakes per day have been loaded for Power houses against 399 rakes per day in February,22 i.e. increases of 27.3 rakes. In order to meet the projected demand for rakes by the power sector in the coming fiscal, following action has been taken:-

a) Higher induction of coal carrying wagons - 7692 BOXNHL and 1052 BOBRN wagons have been inducted during April-22 to January-23. Around 32,534 BOXNHL and 2450 BOBRN wagons indents pending.

b) During the current fiscal, 1018 freight locomotive have been added to the fleet of IR till end of February-23. This increase is expected to continue.

c) 4500 Kms of new tracks is expected to be commissioned in 2022-23, majority of which is on coal carrying routes. This will further improve turnaround of coal carrying rakes.

d) Keeping in view the rising demand in the next few years, a comprehensive planning of the Energy Corridor has been done with planned investment of one lakh crores ranging over around 100 projects.

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