The Western Dedicated freight corridor which has been partially
commissioned has rolled out a new
business model to transport goods from the Gujarat ports to the National
capital region called the Roll on Roll
off services, carrying fully loaded trucks in specially designed wagons. This
will overcome the problem of last mile connectivity and reduce congestion on
the roads leading to the National capital.
Loaded lorries at
Gujarat ports will be moved by freight trains to the National capital region
with less freight costs
The “Roll-On-Roll-off (RORO)” service will be started between Palanpur in
Gujarat and Rewari in Haryana, a distance of 636 km, to transport a wide range
of goods unloaded in ports to markets in north India, especially the National
Capital Region. The services which was tried out between Bengaluru and Bellary
but failed last year is being attempted in this sector. Loaded lorries at
Gujarat ports will get into the specially designed wagons and moved by freight
trains to the National capital region. Transport analysts reckon that even the
freight costs will be less.
The dedicated freight corporation has estimated that freight traffic would
yield the Corporation revenue of at least one hundred crores a year during the
About 2,500-3,000 trucks ply between Palanpur to Rewari near the national capital regionr,
riding on the traffic between the three Gujarat ports, the hinterland and the
northern regions of Rewari, Hisar, Agra, Ghaziabad, Haridwar, Dehradun,
Corporation wants proposal from private players for sole rights to market this
The dedicated freight corporation a wing of the railways has floated a
Request for Proposal for private players to bid for sole rights to market this
service – 900 trips, each carrying 45 loaded trucks on specially designed
wagons. The bids will be opened next month for the year-long contract that can
be extended by another year.
On road, the distance between Palanpur and Rewari is around 720 km with at
least 13 major toll points costing around Rs 5,000 in all per truck. By train,
the distance is reduced by around 84 km with no barriers, at an average speed
of 75 km per hour. Besides, officials said, the distance of 36 hours by road
will be reduced to a 10-hour ride coupled with assured, predictable transit for
truck owners, along with less wear and tear of the trucks.
There are queries
from several companies and even government entities that want the right to
market this service,” an official said.