Shift in transportation of coal to all-rail mode from various mines in Eastern India to power plants in Tamil Nadu helped Southern Railway (SR) get more inward traffic in 2017-18.
Earlier, coal for Tangedo used to move from mines by rail/trucks to Haldia, Paradip or Vishakapatnam ports from where coastal ships carried cargo to Kamarajar port at Ennore. From here, coal was moved again by rail to various consuming points in Southern SR network – that involved multi-modal transport.
However, through all-rail mode, coal is loaded at various mines, including Talcher, Ib Valley and Raniganch, directly on to rail wagons and the cargo is transported all the way to power plants in the State. This reduces extra handling at two ports and the Railways is ready to give rail links.
Overall, there could be 15 per cent cost reduction for Tangedco by shifting to all-rail movement when compared with rail-sea-rail mode, said SR sources. In 2017-18, there was a loss of originating coal (traffic within SR) due to decline in coal traffic at Kamarajar port. Read More
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