July 12, 2016

SALIENT FEATURES OF THE FACILITIES/INITIATIVES LAUNCHED Opening of parcel sector for Container Train Operators(CTOs)


Opening of parcel sector for Container Train Operators(CTOs)    

In pursuance to the budget announcement, the following guidelines are being issued to open parcel segment for the Container Train Operators:

(i)        Container Train Operators (CTOs) shall be allowed to operate Parcel Special trains (non-leased) consisting of Parcel Vans on indent basis.

(ii)      The minimum composition of Parcel Special train shall be 20 Parcel Vans + one Brakevan as per Freight Marketing Circular No. 17 of 2010.  Accordingly, Container Train Operators (CTOs) shall place indent for minimum of a rake.

(iii)    Container Train Operators (CTOs) shall aggregate the parcel cargo from various customers and offer the same in full rake load.  At destination, the parcel cargo shall be delivered to the CTO for further segregation and handing over to various customers.

(iv)     Container Train Operators (CTOs) shall be permitted to load/ unload the Parcel Special train from Container Rail Terminal (CRT), Inland Container Depot (ICD), Domestic Container Terminal (DCT), Multi-modal Logistic Park (MMLP) and all Railway’s terminals notified for handling of parcel trains.

    (v) The existing tariff shall be made applicable, which is at present at “Scale P”   as per Coaching Tariff No. 25, Part-III, effective from 01.10.2013. Any revision in tariff shall be made applicable under this scheme.
Opening of Group-I & II terminals for operation of container trains by private container operators by notification as Container Rail Terminals (CRTs)

·         In the Railway Budget 2016-17 Minister of Railways has announced that ‘All existing terminals/good-sheds would be granted access to container traffic, where considered feasible’.

·                                                                                                                                                 Presently, all Group-III terminals (handling less than 7 rakes) are opened for operation of container trains including Lift on-Lift off. Group-I & II terminals (handling more than 12 and between 7-12 rakes respectively) with certain exceptions, are opened for chassis stuffing/de-stuffing operation only. The number of goods sheds/stations classified into Group-I, II & III are 378, 232 and 716 respectively.

·                                                                                                                                                 Fulfilling the promise made in the Budget, it has been decided to open Group-I & II terminals also for container train operators (including Lift on-Lift off) so as to provide them access to 610 more goods sheds/stations, with following conditions -

Ø      Station/goods shed should have multiple handling lines

Ø      Traffic dealt at such terminal does not exceed seven rakes per handling line per month

Ø      Both Lift On-Lift Off operation and Chassis Stuffing/De-stuffing will be allowed

Ø      Permission will be given on joint recommendation of COM & CCM and with the approval of GM

Ø      It must be ensured that the contemplated container handling activity will not in any way hinder or restrict or hamper handling of inward or outward traffic in rail wagons at present or in foreseeable future.

·                                                                                                                                                 Encouraging Lift On-Lift Off operations provides first and last mile road bridging services (‘door-to-door services’). This will lead to better utilization of unutilized/less utilized good shed lines, lead to expansion of container operations & widening of commodity basket through small packet size and attract traffic from Road to Rail through Containers.

·                                                                                                                                                 Targeted beneficiaries are private container train operators, logistic companies, all freight customers, third party freight cargo aggregators, small packet size parcel operators & end-users and manufacturers.