Coal India (CIL) is planning to buy 40 rakes for ₹ 7,000 million to enhance its evacuation capability by 56 million tonne. The purchase will give the company direct control to move coal to desired power plants, but also help free up pithead stocks.
The new wagons have the capacity to carry 80 tonne of load, compared to the conventional load-carrying capacity of 70 tonne. However, initially, these wagons will not be able to function at the maximum load as the load bearing capacity of railway tracks is not sufficient. The procurement is being done under the General Purpose Wagon Investment Scheme, introduced by the Indian Railways which allows customers to own wagons for dedicated transport of their products.
Currently, rakes will ply in the Jharsuguda-Nagpur and Katni zones of the South East Central Railway (SECR), and cover the entire Ib Valley area falling under the South Eastern Coalfields (SECL).