Rains hit iron ore movement in AP, Orissa and Chhattisgarh
July 24, 2008
July 24th (Steel Guru) – According to the 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 kilometers long Kirandul 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.
According to the ECoR sources, iron ore loading in Daitari Banspani area and transportation of it to Paradip port for exports has also 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.
The loading of thermal coal at Talcher mines, after having remained suspended for several days due to strained industrial relations problems, resumed recently and on an average 24 rakes were being loaded per day. Only concern of ECoR is that BOBR rakes, the dedicated rakes used for transportation of thermal coal to Paradip for coastal shipments, do not get detained at the port due to bad weather.
Mr K Raghuramaiah chairman of Paradip Port Trust said that the rains have not stopped operation of the port, but have only slowed it down. 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, observed Mr Raghuramaiah, adding that as far as the BOBR rakes are concerned, there is no problem.