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No shortfall in coal loading: Adhir Chowdhury

Posted on Nov 29, 10:51PM | UNI

There was no shortfall in coal loading by the Indian Railways on account of non- availability of sufficient rakes, according to minister of state for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

Mr Chowdhury, in a written reply in Parliament, said that coal loading by Indian Railways has gone up from 420.21 million tonne (mt) in 2010-11 to 455.80 mt in 2011-12, India Coal Market Watch (ICMW) has reported.

April-October 2012 Indian Railways has loaded 274.72 mt of coal which was 10.2 per cent more than the coal loading in corresponding period last year, Mr Chowdhury said.

The Indian Railways has taken various steps to augment coal dispatch, such as introduction of High Capacity BOXNHL wagons with the pay load of 70.8 tonnes, which is 12 tonne more than the existing BOXNHS wagons.

He said in the current financial year (upto October 2012), Indian Railways has inducted 4014 wagons (approx. 69 rakes).

In addition, the Railway was running Long Haul freight trains (combining two trains) to solve the line capacity constraint and introducing more close circuit rakes to optimize wagon maintenance and in turn optimize wagon availability for coal movement, he said.