NEW DELHI: Amid a scramble for coal, the railways and Coal India Ltd have jointly set a record by mobilising and loading 250 freight trains in a day to rush fuel to power stations.

The mobilisation of such a large number of rakes and their loading at such a scale scale took place on November 14 and achieved in spite of sporadic rains in some of the coalfields, a government statement said on Wednesday.

About 223 rakes of the 250 rakes (89%), were loaded exclusively for coal-fired power stations. The railways and Coal India are jointly working on a strategy to raise the loading target to 266 coal rakes per day in the wake of increase in coal production.

Coal India clocked a production growth of 8.3% in the second quarter of the current fiscal, while supplies to power stations rose 13.6% and rate of daily loading of rakes grew by 7% during this period.

The growth in coal dispatch to power stations in August, September and October stood at 20%, 21%…

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