Rly targets 100% jump in cement transportation

Written by Agencies | New Delhi, February 26: | Updated: Feb 26 2008, 21:00pm hrs
With the reduction of freight charges, the Indian Railways has set aside an ambitious target of doubling the transportation of cement to 200 metric tones by 2011-12 from the current 100 metric tonnes.

"Railways receive more than 100 MT traffic every year from the cement industry and we are targeting a loading of 200 MT from the cement industry in 2011-12," Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Tuesday said while presenting the Railway Budget 2008-09 in Parliament.

Production of cement is expected to increase from 170 MT to 280 MT by 11th plan, he said adding "there are more than 10 big clusters of cement production in the country".

Prasad said work is in progress on Nandyal-Yerraguntla, Jaggayyapet-Mallacheruvu and Vishnupuram-Janpahad new lines and would be completed within the stipulated time frame.

"The work of Daund-Gulbarga doubling and electrification of Pune-Guntakal line is proposed to be taken up to meet the demand of cement manufacturers in Wadi cluster," he said. The work of Bhanupali-Bilaspur-Beri new line in Himachal Pradesh has also been proposed in the budget. Prasad said gauge conversion and extension of Bhuj-Nalia line would be taken up after obtaining necessary approvals.

"More than 50 big terminals are being upgraded to increase their capacity, prominent among which are Mumbai, Pune, Chandigarh, Ghaziabad etc," he added.