It has been decided by the Ministry of Power that all power plants located within 20 km from Pithead shall construct elevated closed belt conveyors within the next two years (up to April 1, 2020). Further, it has also been decided that power plants located within 20 to 40 km from pithead should construct MGR (Merry-Go-Round) system within three years (upto April 1, 2021) and plants located within 40-100 km from pithead should also consider to construct MGR based on financial viability, the press release said.
The decision of supply of coal, to the power plants located within 20 km through elevated closed belt conveyor, was taken in order to free up railway rake to supply coal to far-away power plants more efficiently and in an effective manner.
Normally, the supply of coal from CIL to its customers is done through the Road or Rail mode or a combination of both. For faster evacuation of coal from Pit Head, Coal Handling Plants (CHP) with Rapid Loading Systems (RLS) are in place in 19 mines of CIL. As per need, construction of CHP and SILO in further nine mines is in process. To implement modern technology like Belt Pipe Conveyors, CIL has taken the initiative to construct the same in two mines of MCL in the state of Odisha for transportation of coal from its coal stockyard to their new under construction CHP and SILO.
Due to developments in the loading and transport systems in CIL and SCCL in the year 2018-19 (up to 30.11.2018), there has been a growth of 9.4 percent in coal loading through railways as the average daily loading has been 303.6 rakes in this year in comparison to the average daily loading of 277.5 rakes in the corresponding period of the last year (2017-18), the information was shared in response to a question in Rajya Sabha.