Suresh Prabhu rolls out Truckferrying (RO-RO) Service at Bihta Freight Terminal

Railways launch RO-RO service to attract more loadings from Bihta Freight Terminal under Danapur Division

The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu addressing after launching the following facilities/initiatives namely (i) Extension of newly introduced cancellation facility for PRS counter tickets through 139 or IRCTC website for all confirmed, RAC and waitlisted PRS Counter tickets (ii) Release of Handout on ‘Railway initiatives for Ease of Doing Business’ and Nomination of ‘Key Customer Managers’ (iii) Flagging off of Roll-On-Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) train Ex.-Bihta to Turki in Bihar, through video conferencing from Rail Bhawan, in New Delhi on May 11, 2016. The Minister of State for Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha and other dignitaries are also seen
The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu addressing after launching the facilities/initiatives namely (i) Extension of newly introduced cancellation facility for PRS counter tickets through 139 or IRCTC website for all confirmed, RAC and waitlisted PRS Counter tickets (ii) Release of Handout on ‘Railway initiatives for Ease of Doing Business’ and Nomination of ‘Key Customer Managers’ (iii) Flagging off of Roll-On-Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) train Ex.-Bihta to Turki in Bihar, through video conferencing from Rail Bhawan, in New Delhi . The Minister of State for Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha and other dignitaries are also seen

Railways today launched a new service ‘Ro-Ro’ to carry loaded trucks on goods train in a bid to attract more loadings and reduce carbon emission.

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday inaugurated the ‘Roll-on Roll-off’ (RO-RO) service through remote from New Delhi for the heavy vehicles at a function held at Bihta freight terminal under Danapur division of East Central Railway (ECR) and also Roll-on Roll-off (RO-RO) service was launched across the Digha rail bridge between Bihta and Turki stations in Bihar.

ECR GM A K Mittal and Danapur DRM R K Jha were also present at the function at Bihta and showed green flags to the goods train carrying 25 loaded trucks at the inaugural run from Bihta to Turki near Muzaffarpur through the Digha-Sonepur rail line.

ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak said under the new service, railways would carry loaded and empty vehicles (trucks) through the bridge with an aim to take load off the Gandhi Setu, which is in a dilapidated condition now, he said.

He said the RORO service has been started between Bihta freight terminal and Turki freight terminal near Muzaffarpur under Sonepur division of East Central Railway (ECR).

Rajak said the freight charge for carrying a loaded truck up to 15 tonnes between Bihta and Turki terminals has been fixed at Rs 4,000. For an empty truck, railways would charge Rs 2,650. However, a sum of Rs 200 will be charged for every extra tonne of freight.

RORO Services RailwaysThe service will promote trade and help the business community by facilitating movement of consignments by trucks across the Ganga without facing traffic snarls on the Gandhi Setu in Patna.

“This is an important beginning as it has been promised in the budget. Our loadings are expected to increase and it will curb emission also,” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here after launching the Ro-Ro service.

Recently, Digha rail bridge over the Ganga river near Patna has been commissioned. After consultation with the truck operators, who are transporting sand in truck from North Bihar to South Bihar through road bridges like Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Vikramshila Setu, it has been decided to operate RO-RO service across Digha Bridge.

Seeking a positive response from industry, Prabhu said, “We are walking extra mile and we expect industry to reciprocate by giving us more freight.”

Under the scheme, loaded trucks would be moved on the flat rakes to avoid congestion on roads across Ganges. To start with, this service is being introduced from Bihta to Turki station in Muzaffarpur district covering a distance of 88 kms.

In a rake, approximately 44 loaded/ empty trucks will be moved. A rake will perform 3 trips per day.

“We want to get back the freight we lost to roads,” Prabhu added.

Besides sand, stones can also be transported using the RO-RO service. Railways will extend the service to to cover more commodities and destinations in future.

In order to have effective communication and redressal of issues pertaining to freight customers, railways nominated Key Customer Managers for 10 major freight commodities.

Key Customer Managers were nominated for coal, iron ore, raw material for steel plants, steel, foodgrain, fertiliser, cement, POL, container and other commodities.

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