Rains hit iron ore rake movement in AP, Orissa, Chhattisgarh

July 1, 2008

July 1st (Steel Guru) – According to East Coast Railway sources, heavy rains have badly affected loading and movement of iron ore rakes in Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

As per report, the iron ore loading at National Mineral Development Corporation’s mines in Chhattisgarh has been badly hit as a result fewer rakes than normal are being moved on the 450 kilometer long Kirandul to Kottavalasa line. Right now, on an average, 8 to 10 rakes are being loaded and moved on the route against 15 to 16 in normal situation.

Mr K Raghuramaiah chairman of Paradip Port Trust said the rains have not stopped operation of the port, but have only slowed it down. He added that “Despite a plethora of problems thrown up by the inclement weather, about 4 to 6 iron ore rakes are being loaded and that many rakes are being used for loading imported coal.”

According to the ECoR sources, iron ore loading in Daitari Banspani area and transportation of it to Paradip port for exports too, has been hit as rains have affected normal operation in the mines as well as the port. As many as 13 rakes, earlier loaded with iron ore for exports, have been detained at various points on the route from the mines to the port. The iron ore rakes already in the port are discharging cargo slowly because of the rain. This has also slowed down back-loading of imported coal as the same rakes, which carry iron ore to the port for exports, are used for back loading of imported coal.

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