Nagpur and Nagbhir are linked directly by a Narrow-Gauge Railway network via Umrer and by two Broad Gauge Railway networks via Wardha and Gondia. However, Nagpur – Wardha and Nagpur - Gondia routes are saturated and over utilized. Out of the 628 km narrow gauge network under Nagpur division of South East Central Railway, only Nagpur - Nagbhir /106.2 km is pending for conversion. Therefore, the main aim of this project is to convert the existing Narrow Gauge to Broad Gauge to faster the coal movement from coal mines of WCL Chandrapur and Umrer area to KTPS (Koradi Thermal Power Station), APML (Adani Power Maharashtra Ltd.) Tiroda and NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) Mouda/Chacher and to reduce the congestion on existing routes.

Salient features:

Existing Proposed
Length 106.2 116
Total No. of Stations 19 19
Crossing Stations 04 06
Terminal Stations 02 02
Passenger Halts 13 11
Total No of major bridges 09 10 (9 + 1 between Umrer to Coal Mines Line)
Total No of minor bridges 91 91
Longest Bridge Br. No.15 Over Marhu River (12x12.2m) at CH: 76877 Br. No.15 Over Marhu River (12x12.2m) at CH: 76877
Project Cost -- 1400/- Crores
Completion period -- 20 Months


  • Converted Broad Gauge Line will be operation for goods as well as passenger trains with lot of environmental and financial benefit.
  • It will facilitate decongestion of Nagpur, Kalumna, Itwari, Ajni and Wardha Railway yards. Thus, facilitating running of shuttle passenger trains in and around Nagpur.
  • The movement of coal rake from captive mines of MAHAGENCO at Chandrapur to Koradi will also be facilitated by reduction in travel time.
  • Conversion of existing Narrow Gauge to Broad Gauge shall reduce the congestion in these routes and enable faster movement of cargo supply in this region.
  • It will reduce the Coal rake movement time from present 22 hrs to 4 hrs.
  • The proposed project will be of immense benefit to MAHAGENCO in procurement of coal from Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) mines located in Umrer & Chandrapur district in the state of Maharashtra near Nagpur, which is in close proximity to various Thermal Power Plants in the region of Nagpur. The Major Plants which will be benefited are Koradi Thermal Power Station (KTPS), Khaperkheda Thermal Power Station(KPKD) , Adani Power Maharashtra Ltd, Tirora (APML, Tirora), Mauda Super Thermal Power Station or NTPC Mauda.