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Railways has road map in place for supplying rakes to long distance Thermal Power Plants

Newdelhi:24/1/22:Some media reports have raised concerns that power generation stations located far from mines are suffering due to discrimination in allotment of rakes. These reports have claimed that the power plant operated by RattanIndia Power Ltd in Maharashtra has also been shut down due to coal shortage resulting from insufficient rake allotment by a southeast central zone of the railways (SECR). Dismissing these misleading media reports, Ministry of Railways has issued a clarification which states that:

1. In South East central railways, there are large no. of Thermal power plants which are having less coal stock as per new coal stocking norms. Many of these shorter distance plants have both mechanized unloading flexibility namely ‘Tippler unloading system’ which uses Open wagon with side door (BOXN type) and ‘Hopper unloading System’ which uses hopper wagon with a bottom opening (BOBRN type).

2. The unloading time of hopper rake is much less i:e 3 hours per rake, therefore, have a better turn around. As a result rake supply to these shorter distance plants dealing with faster circuits, Hopper rake naturally improves.

3. The Amravati Power plant does not have hopper unloading system. This is the main reason for less supply of rakes.

4. Many of the long-distance thermal power plants (TPS) have regulated coal supply during April-June 21-22 to save on the inventory cost. Large no of railway rakes got stabled on account of the regulation of coal supply by these long-distance TPS. With power demand picking up its existing stock got liquidated.

5. Railways in consultation with MOC & MoP are already have a road map in place for supplying rakes to long-distance TPS which is being implemented to build adequate coal stock at these TPS.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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