Indian Railway has loaded 836 rakes of automobiles against 731 rakes in the previous year despite almost negligible loading in the first two months due to the corona pandemic in the first six months of the current year April to September.
“Indian Railways is attaining new heights in the transportation of automobiles. The total loading of automobiles through Railway was only 429 rakes in 2013-14, which has increased to 1,595 rakes in 2019-20. And in the first six months of the current year (Apr to Sept), Indian Railway has loaded 836 rakes of automobiles against 731 rakes in the previous year despite almost negligible loading in the first two months,” said a press statement.
Railways are aiming to achieve a modal share of 20% by the end of 2021-22, and a modal share of 30% by 2023-24.
Eyeing to give a boost to Automobile loading through Railways the Railways Minister Piyush Goyal met with top Automobile Industry leaders.
“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), who were all part of the meeting, lauded the initiative and committed to work in partnership with Indian Railways to facilitate transportation of automobiles through Railways,” added the statement.
The participants in the interaction were informed about the steps taken by Railways to promote loading of automobiles, which has led to this quantum jump – and were asked to bring more loading to Rail.
“Also, export to Bangladesh in BCACBM rakes being planned in coordination with Bangladesh Railway. New taller design of auto-carrier wagons(using the envelope of Double Stack Dwarf Containers) *being developed by RDSO in consultation with the industry,” further said the statement.
Industry leaders were assured that all possible help will be extended to them, and all their concerns and issues will be addressed on priority.