TRF PERCHED HIGH on Bailadila Range
TRF has bagged an order from National Mines Development Corporation (NMDC) Limited, for its Bailadila Iron Ore project. A famous mountain range in the southern tip of Chhattisgarh, the Bailadila group of mines comprises 14 reserves. The range, which resembles the hump (‘dila’) of an ox (‘Baila’), is spread across the Dantewada District of Chattisgarh at a height of 1260 metres above sea level.

NMDC has been operating its mines in the Bailadila area since November 1968. It currently runs three iron ore mines at Deposit No.14, Deposit No.5 and Deposit No.11c. The project assigned to TRF entails the setting up of a 3000 tonnes per hour Crushing and Screening Section Stage 1 at Deposit 11B.

SCOPE OF WORK

TRF is responsible for:

  • Design and Engineering
  • Supply storage
  • Handling at site
  • Erection
  • Testing and commissioning
  • PG tests along with civil work

Discovery of Bailadila
The discovery of this rich reserve dates back to 1898-1900, when Mr P N Bose sketched out a geological map of the region. Systematic mapping of the reserves was undertaken later, between 1932 and 1938. Soon after Independence, India needed large quantities of iron ore to fulfill its need for iron and steel for nation building. To urgently explore the potential of this region, a separate circle of the GSI was formed in December, 1958 and the Indian Bureau of Mines was assigned the job of proving if these deposits were usable. The commercial discovery of Bailadila took place in 1955-56 when Professor Euemura of Japanese Steel Mills Association, focused the attention of the Japanese Steel Mills on the vast deposits of iron ore and its proximity to the east of India and Paradip port. This offered a great logistical advantage for export. The commercial discovery led to an agreement, duly signed in 1960, between National Mineral Development Corporation and Japanese Steel Mills.

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