Surat: In a new call of action, the Indian Railways started the Roll On-Roll Off (RO-RO) service carrying trucks that supply goods on Central and Western Railway on a commercial basis. The first rake started its journey on September 20 from Konkan railway’s Surathkal goods shed in Karnataka and reached the Western Railway’s Karambeli goods shed in Gujarat on September 21, late evening.
The RO-RO rake consists of 25 trucks loaded with an approximate haulage charge of Rs 1.81 lakhs. The rake will be unloaded and be reloaded with trucks from the Karambeli goods shed. It will cover a total distance of 290 kilometers. It comprised of construction materials, drum oil, stone powder, tiles, sheets, glucose bottles, medicines, tire powder, lime powder, paints, marbles etc.
A rake of Ro-Ro loaded with 43 trucks was run from Karambeli near Vapi, Gujarat to Surathkal in Karnataka. Trucks were loaded with Construction material, Drum Oil, Stone powder, Tiles, Sheets, glucose bottle, Medicines, Paint, Tyre Powder, Reine, Lime Powder, Marble etc. @drmbct pic.twitter.com/r9xuXbRlaf
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This service, which allows trucks to be loaded onto railway wagons from the outskirts of large cities and be deposited at ports and industrial hubs, is expected to help decongest traffic and reduce pollution in Mumbai Metropolitan Region’s (MMR) Thane and Bhiwandi.
Apart from that this initiative will also decrease the burden on highways. It will save toll tax and fuel expenses for the transporters. It is ought to be one of the environment-friendly modes of transport.
This eco-friendly gesture of the Indian Railways has taken with a view to check pollution; reduce fuel consumption and road congestion. The Railway Board has also asked Western and Central Railway to explore the feasibility of the running RO-RO services from JNPT, where over 5,000 trucks ply in and out of the port every day.