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Coal crunch stalls steel, power units in Odisha

Railway authorities could not be immediately contacted for their comments

Jayajit Dash  |  Bhubaneswar 

A worker carries a container filled with drinking water at a railway coal yard on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Photo: Reuters
Representational image. Photo: Reuters

Non-availability of adequate rakes has disrupted supplies of to industries in Industrial units ranging from steel to aluminium and cement to power are deprived of their assured from (MCL). 

Between January and August this year, more than two million tonnes of which were supposed to be transported to industries are locked up. The crisis is more pronounced at the where 345 rakes for different categories of industrial consumers have held back 1.38 million tonnes of The bearing area had in the period witnessed intermittent production outages.

National Aluminium Company (Nalco), Bhushan Steel, Hindalco Industries, Jindal Stainless Ltd, GMR Kamalanga, Vedanta Ltd, Emami Paper and ACC Cement, among others face a shortfall in supplies.

A source at said, local disturbances caused disruption in production but the problem is being resolved. "Power plants in the eastern region are getting 110-115 per cent of their required mandated in the FSA (Fuel Supply Agreement). For power plants located in the southern states, despatches have not kept to their requirement as there has been a drop in output at But, there is no major shortage of rakes," he said.

authorities could not be immediately contacted for their comments on the rake position.

"gMCL keeps on offering sufficient quantities of in e-auctions even though no adequate rakes are in sight. Railways officials maintain there is no shortage of wagons and there is a short supply of by This has led to a situation where the industries are forced to opt for imports”, said an industry source.
Apart from Talcher Coalfields, dispatches from the Lajkura open cast mines have also been hit. As many as 161 rakes are pending for core, non-core and e-auction consumers, blocking 0.64 million tonnes of supplies.

First Published: Wed, September 06 2017. 18:04 IST