CR developing new station to boost WCL’s coal supply

CR developing new station to boost WCL’s coal supply

In a bid to augment Western Coalfields Limited’s (WCL) coal dispatch capacity from Umred, the Nagpur Central Railway (CR) is developing a new station at Makardhokda between Butibori and Umred. Recently, railway minister Piyush Goyal had asked the railway zones and also told Coal India Limited (CIL) to boost coal supply to power plants.

For the past six months, WCL’s Umred siding is despatching only eight rakes per day on an average. “In order to double the capacity to meet coal consumers demand, a full-fledged station will be ready by October 15, taking the number of rakes being dispatched from Umred to 12,” said senior railway officials.

To meet the increasing demand of consumers, the new crossing is being constructed as an intermediate crossing station at Makardhokda, which is 15km from Umred siding towards Butibori. The total section from Butibori to Umred is 32km.

“Construction of this crossing station is being funded by WCL at a cost of Rs8 crore. We expect that the station will be commissioned this month,” said Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, chairman-cum-managing director of WCL. Read More

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