New rail bridges on river Bhima flowing across Maharashtra and Karnataka will help India’s largest Power generation utility NTPC to lower the cost of power from its Kudgi super thermal station, saving Rs 250-500 per tonne in coal transportation cost and reducing transit time by 8-15 hours.
The company on Wednesday (19th August 2020) said it provided assistance for constructing the bridges and doubling of tracks from Hotgi in Maharashtra to Kudgi, spanning a distance of 134 km. One of the bridges, with a span of 670 metres, is the longest in South-Western Railway.
The bridges and double tracks will help railways handle more material with the available infrastructure. The doubling of tracks will also reduce travel time from Sholapur in Maharashtra to Gadag in Karnataka for passengers.
Currently, most of the traffic is being diverted through the Guntakal to Bellary-Gadag route as a more than 50-year-old bridge restricts the movement of freight trains with heavy loads. NTPC is waiting for approval from the South Western Railway for starting coal movement through the new infrastructure.