ECoR, NMDC to enhance supply of iron ores to steel plants

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Bhubaneswar,Jul 17 (UNI) The East Coast Railways(ECoR) and the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) today resolved to optimize industrial output by enhancing the supply of iron ore to steel industries.

A top-level crucial meeting was held between East Coast Railway and the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) to sort out the iron core crisis as major steel plants in Eastern India are facing a shortage of iron ore ECoR General Manager A K Goyal exhorted NMDC to enhance the production of iron ore and committed its own preparedness on the supply of railway rakes to meet NMDC's production target of 25 million tonnes, of which Railway alone dispatched more than 19 million tonnes.

The meeting took stock of the progress in the first part of the current financial year and analysed month-wise performance with special reference to loading of iron ore rakes and its dispatches to the steel plants in various parts of the country.

The thrust of the meeting was to ensure quicker loading time of railway rakes and to avoid breakdowns in the system at its major loading heads of Kirandul and Bacheli in the Bailadila mining sector.

NMDC Chairman-cum-managing Director Rana Som stressed upon the infrastructure improvements carried out by NMDC and appreciated railway's role in helping NMDC in construction activities as a part of NMDC's deposit works.

Mr Goyal has called for a strict and periodical joint performance monitoring of the various production.

Today's meeting was first in a series of meetings proposed by East Coast Railway with leading players of the steel, coal, power and iron ore sectors as a part of its mission area to optimize industrial output.

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