Indian Railways loads 836 rakes of automobiles during April to September this year. Ministry of Railways released press release yesterday i.e Railways aims to achieve a modal share of Automobile loading to 20% by the end of 2021-22, and a modal share of 30% by 2023-24
Minister of Railways, Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs and Food & Public Distribution Shri Piyush Goyal’s meet with the Automobile Industry leaders gives boost to Automobile loading through Railways.
Also, Indian Railway assures Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM )And Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA), ATMA to resolve all their concerns on top priority. Automobile traffic is now totally exempt from payment of Terminal Charges. 7 new terminals opened for Automobile traffic during 2020.
Representatives of SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers), Tata Motors, Hyundai Motors, Ford Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Honda India, and Maruti Suzuki Ltd. The Automobile Freight Train Operators (AFTOs), Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA) laud the initiative.
Indian Railway loads 836 rakes of automobiles against in Just 6 months against 731 rakes in the whole previous year (despite almost negligible loading)
Steps taken to facilitate Automobile loading
- Haulage Charges for BCACBM rakes have not been revised since May 2013
- Freight for NMGs has not been revised since May 2018
- Increase in the number of NMG rakes – from 30 (on 1st April) to 42
- Two-destination loading permitted in NMG rakes
- Export of Automobiles permitted (Traffic to Bangladesh started in NMG rakes/ Traffic to Nepal started, via Nautanva terminal (NE Railway))
- 7 new terminals opened for Automobile loading (Chitpur (ER); Penukonda (SWR); Nasrala (NR); Nautanva (NER) – for traffic to Nepal; Salchapara, Furkating, & New Tinsukia (all NFR))
- Now approx. 52 Railway terminals available
- All Private Sidings, PFTs, and ICDs can handle Automobile traffic