The off-take of Coal India Limited (CIL) has increased from 534.20 MT in 2015-16 to 581.5 MT during 2017-18. The increase in off-take of CIL between 2013-14 and 2017-18 is 109.12 MT as compared to an increase of 55.04 MT between 2009-10 to 2013-14.Annual average rakes provided by Railways to CIL for transportation of coal has increased from 212.8 (rakes/day) in 2015-16 to 229.2 (rakes/day) in 2017-18. Transportation by other modes (MGR, Belt and Rope) by CIL have also increased from105.52 MT in 2015-16 to 110.22 MT in 2017-18. Therefore, there is adequate transportation facility to transport coal to the destination.
There was an increase of 105 MT in production between 2013-14 and 2017-18 compared to an increase of only 31.15 MT in the preceding five years between 2009-10 to 2013-14. However, there are a few mines in Mahandi Coal fields Limited (MCL), Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) and South Eastern Coal fields Limited(SECL) which are unable to operate at optimal capacity due to coal evacuation constraint.
The following railway infrastructure facility projects have been taken up for improving coal evacuation in Chattishgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha:
- Tori – Shivpur – Kathotia New BG Line (Totallength93.45Km) in Jharkhand :Tori-Balumath Rail line section has been inaugurated on 09.03.2018 and currently coal dispatch is going on. Remaining work beyond Balumath is under progress.
- Mahanadi Coal Railway Limited (MCRL) PROJECTS: The project consists primarily of 3 components: Angul–Balaram (12.9km), Balaram-Putagadia and Jarapada-Putagadia-Tentuloi ( 55Km ) in Odisha.
- Chhattisgarh East Railway Ltd. (CERL) (Length: 132 Km): Bhupdeopur-Gharghoda-Dharamjaigarhupto Korba with a spur from Gharghora to Donga Mahua in Chhatisgarh.
- Chhattisgarh East-West Railway Ltd. (CEWRL) (Length: 135Km): Gevra Road to Pendra Road via Dipka, Katghora, Sendurgarh, Pasan in Chhatisgarh.
This information was given by the Minister of Railways, Coal, Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Piyush Goyal in Lok Sabha today.
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