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Rail Budget: Time tabled freight container, parcel train from this year

New Delhi: Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu today proposed, at the Railway Budget 2016-17, three solution sets for reversing the trend of declining modal share of freight trains – expanding the freight basket of Indian Railways,

India TV Business Desk [ Updated: February 25, 2016 15:08 IST ]
rail budget time tabled freight container parcel train from
rail budget time tabled freight container parcel train from this year

New Delhi: Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu today proposed, at the Railway Budget 2016-17, three solution sets for reversing the trend of declining modal share of freight trains – expanding the freight basket of Indian Railways, rationalising the tariff structure and building terminal capacity.

The freight basket of Indian Railways is dominated by 10 bulk commodities which enjoy a share of around 88%. Indian Railways should look beyond these to expand revenue base.

A full-fledged market study is being undertaken and detailed supply and demand scenarios, service level and infrastructure requirements will be assessed so that an action plan to re-capture that traffic through either containerization or new delivery models e.g., Roll-on Roll-off, will be developed and implemented.

Network capacity limitations do not allow for running of time-tabled freight trains but from this year a time-tabled freight container, parcel and special commodity trains will be started on a pilot basis.

He also said that the Container sector would be opened to all traffic barring coal and specified mineral ores and part-loads would be permitted during the non-peak season. All existing terminals/sheds would be granted access to container traffic, where considered feasible.

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He said that the current tariff structure of Indian Railways has led to out-pricing of freight services. A review of tariff policy will be undertaken to evolve a competitive rate structure vis a vis other modes, permit multi-point loading/unloading and apply differentiated tariffs to increase utilization of alternate routes.

The possibility of signing long term tariff contracts with our key freight customers using pre-determined price escalation principles will be explored which would provide predictability of revenues to Indian Railways and of costs to customers

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