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NMDC Ltd is expected to carry out load trials of its upcoming 3 MTPA Steel Plant at Nagarnar in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh by December 2017, official sources informed.

Notably, NMDC’s Chhattisgarh based mines accounted for bulk of iron ore sales at 13.98 million tones as on November 2016.

It may also be recalled that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has accorded ‘in-principle’ permission to NMDC Ltd for considering ‘strategic disinvestment’ of its 3 MTPA Steel plant coming up at Nagarnar in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, the company informed BSE on Friday last.

Moreover, NMDC will also soon start constructing 1008 housing units in the phase-I part of the project for its staff at its upcoming permanent township at Dhanpunji near Nagarnar in Bastar district, officials informed.

The company has also commenced the process for setting up the 2 MTPA ‘iron ore processing plant’ at Bacheli in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, officials informed.

It may also be recalled that NMDC has proposed to use its mine lease area at Deposit number 4 located at Bailadila range of hills at Bhansi near Bacheli in South Bastar’s Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh for meeting the raw material requirement 'exclusively' for its upcoming 3 MTPA Integrated Steel Plant at Nagarnar, officials informed.

The remaining iron ore quantity after meeting the requirement of integrated steel plant at Nagarnar from Deposit 4 will be sold to domestic customers in Chhattisgarh, they informed.

The Deposit - 4 iron ore mine will be developed as a 'standalone project' with an estimated investment of Rs 1899.74 crores.

In addition to the mining lease area, 95.13 hectares forest land is identified for development of infrastructure such as downhill conveyor, screening plant, loading plant and approach road etc.

Further, 50 hectares of non-forest land is also required for installation of railway stock yard, administrative building, loading plant (part), tailing dam, STP and township etc.

The existing iron ore production from other Bailadila mines is catering to requirements of large steel plants and also to local sponge iron / pellet plants in Chhattisgarh.

Mining plan along with progressive mine closure plan has been approved by Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), for production capacity of 7.0 MTPA vide their letter no: No 314(3)/2012-MCCM (CZ)/MP-19 dated July 26, 2013, officials informed.

NMDC is operating iron ore mines at Bailadila Complex in South Bastar Dantewada District Chhattisgarh and is having long terms commitment for supply of iron ore to major steel plants across the country.

Hence, J.V. Company between NMDC and Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC) i.e NMDC-CMDC (NCL) was formed for development of a new deposit in the already prospected areas i.e Bailadila Deposit-4 with a production capacity of 7 MTPA for meeting the iron ore requirement of Steel plant of NMDC at Nagarnar, near Jagdalpur.

It may be also be recalled that NMDC Ltd is going for a complete Energy Audit for Bailadila Iron Ore Mine at Deposit 14 and 11C at Kirandul complex and Deposit 5, 10 and 11A at Bacheli Complex in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.

The company is also planning to construct a 'rapid iron ore loading system' with a capacity of 14 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) at its Kirandul complex in Bastar , officials informed.

Signalling work for the private railway siding coming up at NMDC Ltd’s 3 MTPA Nagarnar Steel Plant near Jagdalpur will commence soon, officials informed.

Notably, NMDC is also developing full-fledged Railway transportation infrastructure, the work for which had been going on at full swing at Nagarnar.

The company is also planning to construct a 'rapid iron ore loading system' with a capacity of 14 MTPA at its Kirandul complex in Bastar , officials informed.

The project also comprises construction of a ‘Merry Go Round’ (MGR) railway track.

The project for doubling of Railway line between Kirandul and Jagdalpur in Chhatisgarh’s insurgency ridden Bastar region is also expected to be complete by January 2019, officials informed.

Notably, NMDC had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Union Ministry of Railways on December 21, 2012 and the aforesaid project would be helpful in significantly augmenting evacuation capacity of NMDC’s Bailadila Sector mines by rail from the existing 28 MTPA to 40 MTPA of iron ore.NMDC had deposited an amount of Rs 150 crores with East Coast Railway and the expenditure incurred as on March 31, 2015 was Rs 132.00 crore, official sources informed.

For execution of the project, the Railways has divided the 150 km length of doubling work into three Sections namely, Jagdalpur to Silakjori 45.50 km, Kirandul to Gidam 52.23 km and Silakjori to Gidam 52.73 km.

Notably, the Rs 2000 crore Rowghat to Jagdalpur railway line would also pass through heavily insurgency infested Kondagaon and Narayanpur districts of Bastar division in Chhattisgarh, officials stated.

The project is a joint venture between Chhattisgarh government, NMDC, SAIL and IRCON.

NMDC produced 3.29 million tonnes (MT) of iron ore and registered sales volume of 3.31 MT upto May 2016, officials informed.

Quite recently, NMDC incorporated a subsidiary company by the name of "NMDC-SAIL Limited" in order to develop, sell and supply iron ore from the allocated mining resources in the State of Chhattisgarh.

Moreover, the completion of Dallirajhara-Rowghat-Jagdalpur, East and East-West Rail corridor projects will comprise a total of 535 kilometers Railway-line during the next two to four years.

The East West Rail Corridor project is expected to get completed in 2018-19.

Source: dailypioneer.com