85% of wagons assigned to the transport of coal | Latest India News
According to one of the officials, of the 131,403 discovered wagons belonging to the railways, 113,880 were put into service for the transport of coal.
Indian Railways has allocated 85% of its open carriages in the country to transport coal to meet strong demand from states, senior officials familiar with the strategy told HT on Wednesday.
According to one of the officials, of the 131,403 discovered wagons belonging to the railways, 113,880 were put into service for the transport of coal. A coal train usually contains up to 84 cars.
“Every day, the railways load about 28,470 railcars with coal to meet demand from power plants,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“Senior officials from the ministries of railways, coal and electricity have proposed 18 key points to speed up coal transportation. Departments meet twice a week to discuss updates. Moreover, the three ministries have prepared an online portal to get faster updates,” the official added. According to this official, the railways operate three to five trains together at 122 locations across Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh. Data from the Ministry of Railways shows that nearly 95% of the coal transported by them comes from Coal India reserves, while the rest is imported.
The national carrier has already increased the operating time of the rakes by 2,500 km. “We have increased the braking power certificates (BPC) of our rakes. This implies that our load capacity (CC) rakes which used to be sent to the garage after driving every 7,500 km, will now only be sent to the garage after driving 10,000 km. This will lead to increased coal loading and transportation,” a senior railway official told HT earlier this month. In addition, the national carrier spent more than ₹150 crores to repair at least 2,000 wagons damaged in the last four months to increase the movement of coal. According to a third official, the railways have set up five new repair sites to repair these cars.