12 July 2016

SHRI SURESH PRABHAKAR PRABHU FLAGS OFF THE FIRST TIME-TABLED AUTO CAR FREIGHT TRAIN SERVICE BETWEEN GURGAON-NIDVANDA (BANGALORE)

SHRI SURESH PRABHAKAR PRABHU FLAGS OFF THE FIRST TIME-TABLED AUTO CAR FREIGHT TRAIN SERVICE BETWEEN GURGAON-NIDVANDA (BANGALORE)
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INAUGURAL TRI-WEEKLY EXPRESS TRAIN BETWEEN VIJAYAWADA-DHARMAVARAM VIA ANANTPUR TODAY(12.07.2016) BESIDES ANNOUNCING NEW POLICY INITIATIVES IN THE FREIGHT SEGMENT
NEW POLICY FOR OPENING CATEGORY I & II GOOD-SHEDS FOR CONTAINER LIFT ON/LIFT OFF OPERATIONS BY PRIVATE CONTAINER OPERATORS
NEW POLICY FOR OPENING PARCEL SECTOR TO CONTAINER TRAFFIC
Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways flagged-off the first time-tabled Auto Car freight train service between Gurgaon and Nidvanda(Bangalore) through video-conferencing from Rail Bhawan at a ceremony to be held at 03.30 p.m. today(12.07.2016). On the occasion, he also flagged off the new tri-weekly express train between Vijayawada and Dharmavaram via Anantpur. Shri Prabhu also launched the new liberalized policies for opening Category I & II Good-Sheds for Container Lift On/Lift Off operations by private container operators besides a new policy for opening the Parcel sector to Container traffic. Shri Manoj Sinha Hon’ble Minister of State for Communication(IC) & Minister of State for Railways and Shri Y.S.Chowdhary, Hon’ble Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences were the Guests of Honour at Rail Bhawan. Senior Railway officers present at Rail Bhawan include Shri A.K.Mital, Chairman Railway Board, Shri Mohammed Jamshed, Member Traffic, Railway Board.
Shri A.K.Puthia, General Manager, Northern Railway, Shri Anil Handa, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Northern Railway, Shri Sanjiv Garg, Chief Operations Manager, Northern Railway, Shri Arun Arora, Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi along with Shri R.S.Kapoor, Vice-Presdient, Logistics and Shri M.M.Singh, Executive Advisor of M/sMaruti Suzuki India Ltd. were present at the parallel flagging-off programme at Gurgaon railway station.
Reiterating its commitment to providing facilities for a better integrated supply chain in the country, the Indian Railways had taken another significant step through a new liberalized policies for opening Category I & II Good-Sheds for Container Lift On/Lift Off operations by private container operators besides a new policy for opening the Parcel sector to Container traffic. These paradigm shifts in the freight segment are expected to make the ease of doing business pervasive effect in the railway ecosystem and thereby catalyse the economy of the nation. In this direction, the Indian Railways had also been holding Consultative Meetings and intensive interactions with stakeholders including major freight customers, Ministries, PSUs and industrial organisations to address specific needs and enhance rail co-efficient of each sector.
The Automobile sector has been termed as the sunshine sector for rail transportation in the near future. Currently, Delhi division is loading approx. 2500 cars per month which is less than 5% of the total vehicles manufactured by MSIL in a month. Generally, Trucks take an average of time of around 8 days (192 hrs.) from picking the consignment from the plant to the final destination. Railways, on the other hand, takes 2 days for last-mile connectivity, 4.5-5 days for transit and a terminal dwell time of 2 days making the total time for end to end connectivity to be 8.5-9.5 days. Other factors remaining constant, if the transit time can be reduced substantially, it would make transportation by Rail a more desirable option for the automobile manufacturers.
M/s Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. has been increasingly utilizing the services of the Railway for transportation of new cars and the company’s rate for dispatch of new cars has increased manifold over the years. The double-deck container trains designed by the Railways and inducted in the year 2008 have been one of the choice modes of the Maruti Suzuki for transport of export vehicles from its’ manufacturing plants in Haryana to Mundra port. Progressively, the flexi car wagons (BCACBM Rakes developed by RDSO with carrying capacity of approximately 270 to 318 cars) inducted in 2014 is being increasingly used by the company. A Foundation stone was also laid recently for development of a new auto-car facility at Farukkhnagar to enable loading of cars from its Manesar plant.
The introduction of the new time-tabled Auto Car Freight Train service would enable to reduce transit time and enable a relatively high turnaround time of BCACBM rakes leading to favourable situations for both the Indian Railways and the automobile company. Generally, the average time taken by rakes to traverse the distance of Gurgaon-Nidvanda was 123 hrs. in the past fortnight. On an optimally devised time schedule, the average running time will be reduced by 45% to 65 hrs. It was thus deemed judicious that the loaded train be time tabled to start from Gurgaon at 2200 hours and depart Palwal at 0300 hours.
Speaking on the occasion, the Hon’ble Railway Minister stated that the Indian Railways would continue its efforts to render sector-specific solutions. Some of the initiatives taken in recent years in this segment would renovate the logistics interface in the country providing ease of business to various big industries and MSMEs. These advantageous solutions would also strengthen the Railways’ position as a lead freight provider and a valuable centre in the supply chain wheel in the country.

SHRI SURESH PRABHAKAR PRABHU FLAGS OFF THE FIRST TIME-TABLED AUTO CAR FREIGHT TRAIN SERVICE BETWEEN GURGAON-NIDVANDA (BANGALORE)
AND
INAUGURAL TRI-WEEKLY EXPRESS TRAIN BETWEEN VIJAYAWADA-DHARMAVARAM VIA ANANTPUR TODAY(12.07.2016) BESIDES ANNOUNCING NEW POLICY INITIATIVES IN THE FREIGHT SEGMENT
NEW POLICY FOR OPENING CATEGORY I & II GOOD-SHEDS FOR CONTAINER LIFT ON/LIFT OFF OPERATIONS BY PRIVATE CONTAINER OPERATORS
NEW POLICY FOR OPENING PARCEL SECTOR TO CONTAINER TRAFFIC
Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways flagged-off the first time-tabled Auto Car freight train service between Gurgaon and Nidvanda(Bangalore) through video-conferencing from Rail Bhawan at a ceremony to be held at 03.30 p.m. today(12.07.2016). On the occasion, he also flagged off the new tri-weekly express train between Vijayawada and Dharmavaram via Anantpur. Shri Prabhu also launched the new liberalized policies for opening Category I & II Good-Sheds for Container Lift On/Lift Off operations by private container operators besides a new policy for opening the Parcel sector to Container traffic. Shri Manoj Sinha Hon’ble Minister of State for Communication(IC) & Minister of State for Railways and Shri Y.S.Chowdhary, Hon’ble Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences were the Guests of Honour at Rail Bhawan. Senior Railway officers present at Rail Bhawan include Shri A.K.Mital, Chairman Railway Board, Shri Mohammed Jamshed, Member Traffic, Railway Board.
Shri A.K.Puthia, General Manager, Northern Railway, Shri Anil Handa, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Northern Railway, Shri Sanjiv Garg, Chief Operations Manager, Northern Railway, Shri Arun Arora, Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi along with Shri R.S.Kapoor, Vice-Presdient, Logistics and Shri M.M.Singh, Executive Advisor of M/sMaruti Suzuki India Ltd. were present at the parallel flagging-off programme at Gurgaon railway station.
Reiterating its commitment to providing facilities for a better integrated supply chain in the country, the Indian Railways had taken another significant step through a new liberalized policies for opening Category I & II Good-Sheds for Container Lift On/Lift Off operations by private container operators besides a new policy for opening the Parcel sector to Container traffic. These paradigm shifts in the freight segment are expected to make the ease of doing business pervasive effect in the railway ecosystem and thereby catalyse the economy of the nation. In this direction, the Indian Railways had also been holding Consultative Meetings and intensive interactions with stakeholders including major freight customers, Ministries, PSUs and industrial organisations to address specific needs and enhance rail co-efficient of each sector.
The Automobile sector has been termed as the sunshine sector for rail transportation in the near future. Currently, Delhi division is loading approx. 2500 cars per month which is less than 5% of the total vehicles manufactured by MSIL in a month. Generally, Trucks take an average of time of around 8 days (192 hrs.) from picking the consignment from the plant to the final destination. Railways, on the other hand, takes 2 days for last-mile connectivity, 4.5-5 days for transit and a terminal dwell time of 2 days making the total time for end to end connectivity to be 8.5-9.5 days. Other factors remaining constant, if the transit time can be reduced substantially, it would make transportation by Rail a more desirable option for the automobile manufacturers.
M/s Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. has been increasingly utilizing the services of the Railway for transportation of new cars and the company’s rate for dispatch of new cars has increased manifold over the years. The double-deck container trains designed by the Railways and inducted in the year 2008 have been one of the choice modes of the Maruti Suzuki for transport of export vehicles from its’ manufacturing plants in Haryana to Mundra port. Progressively, the flexi car wagons (BCACBM Rakes developed by RDSO with carrying capacity of approximately 270 to 318 cars) inducted in 2014 is being increasingly used by the company. A Foundation stone was also laid recently for development of a new auto-car facility at Farukkhnagar to enable loading of cars from its Manesar plant.
The introduction of the new time-tabled Auto Car Freight Train service would enable to reduce transit time and enable a relatively high turnaround time of BCACBM rakes leading to favourable situations for both the Indian Railways and the automobile company. Generally, the average time taken by rakes to traverse the distance of Gurgaon-Nidvanda was 123 hrs. in the past fortnight. On an optimally devised time schedule, the average running time will be reduced by 45% to 65 hrs. It was thus deemed judicious that the loaded train be time tabled to start from Gurgaon at 2200 hours and depart Palwal at 0300 hours.
Speaking on the occasion, the Hon’ble Railway Minister stated that the Indian Railways would continue its efforts to render sector-specific solutions. Some of the initiatives taken in recent years in this segment would renovate the logistics interface in the country providing ease of business to various big industries and MSMEs. These advantageous solutions would also strengthen the Railways’ position as a lead freight provider and a valuable centre in the supply chain wheel in the country.