Cement Traffic to increase by Rail on account of withdrawal of Busy Season Charges: GM/SCR

GM SCR Cement industry
Ravindra Gupta, GM, SCR addressing meeting held with Cement Industry

Secunderabad: General Manager, South Central Railway Ravindra Gupta opined confidence that the Cement Industry will respond positively to increase the share of Cement Traffic by rail on the Zone in the wake of withdrawal of busy season charges for rakes by the Railway Ministry recently. He was addressing a meeting of Cement Industry called today i.e., 10th May, 2016 at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad.

The General Manager highlighted the fact that the Railway Board has withdrawn busy season charges for the rakes transporting cement so as to provide greater comfort factor for the Cement Industry in general.

Mr.Ravindra Gupta, reminded the representatives of the Cement Industry that the withdrawal of busy season charges was an off shoot of their plea in the meetings earlier, which was brought to the notice of the Railway Board and positively considered.

He sought the Cement Industry to come out with positive plans in response, so that the Cement traffic by rail shows a visible increase and assured of all co-operation from the Railways in this regard. The General Manager also opined that transport by trucks may not continue to be productive in the future due to fuel pricing trends, and hence Cement movement by rail is a viable and long lasting option.

View of the meeting with the Cement Industry held by GM SCR at Secunderabad
View of the meeting with the Cement Industry held by GM SCR at Secunderabad

The Representatives of Cement Industry in turn, expressed happiness with the withdrawal of busy season charges on BCN and BCNHL rakes which are used for transport of Cement and assured that there will be an increase in Cement loading by rail in the days ahead.

The Cement companies which were represented at the meeting include Ultra Tech, Vicat Sagar, Kesoram, My Home, Zuari, Manikgarh, Penna, Jaypee, Orient, CCI, Ramco, Deccan, India Cements etc.,

Earlier, Shri N.Madhusudhana Rao, Chief Operations Manager, SCR briefed the Cement Industry on the focus of the Zone towards enhancing Cement Traffic by rail. Shri P. Ganeswara Rao, Chief Commercial Manager; Shri Ashesh Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, Secunderabad Division, SCR were amongst those present. Shri P.Ranadhir Reddy, Chief Freight Transportation Manager, SCR welcomed the gathering.


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