India’s largest power generation company, NTPC Ltd would be able to reduce the transportation cost of coal to fuel to its NTPC Kudgi Super Thermal Power Station (STPP) in Karnataka to around Rs 200-500 per metric tonnes (MT). Other than bringing down the transit time by 8-15 hours, this will help also help reduce the cost of electricity generation, the transit time will also be reduced by 8-15 hours.
The newly constructed 670-metre long bridge in the South Western Railway will also help the Indian Railways in handling more material with the available infrastructure. Besides, with the availability of dual railway tracks, the travel time from Sholapur in Maharashtra to Gadag in Karnataka will be reduced, thus, saving time for passengers.
NTPC has not only assisted in doubling of the lines on the 134-km existing tracks from Hotgi, Maharashtra, to Kudgi, Karnataka, (134 Kms) but also extended support in the construction of two bridges on the River Bhima.
Currently, a bridge of more than 50-years restricts haulage of heavy loaded goods, leading to most of the traffic being diverted through the Guntakal to Bellary-Gadag route.
Presently, NTPC is awaiting the final approval from the South Western Railway and will formally commence operations as soon as it gets clearance.