Tuesday, February 08, 2011

NTPC eyes coal transport via waterways

The country’s largest power company, NTPC has decided to transport at least 3 million tonne of imported coal to its Farakka and Kahalgaon power stations through the National Waterway-I, reports Hindu Business Line. Coal as a commodity is the single largest user of the railways, comprising about 40% of the total cargo transported by rail.According to sources, depending on feasibility, NTPC may transport up to 8 million tonne of coal through the inland waterway.
The proposed project may be operational by July 1, 2012 at an estimated investment of Rs 200 crore towards creating floating trans-shipment facilities to unload coal from bulk Panamax carriers and transporting it up the river to Farakka.

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