dedicates new freight terminals, flags off freight trains
The Minister of
Railways, Mr Suresh Prabhu, dedicated 45 new freight terminals under Mission
Hundred and flagged off freight trains from the following freight terminals
through video conferencing from Rail Bhavan on April 19, 2017:
a. Adani, Kilaraipur
b. Penna Cement,
c. CONCOR ICD,
He flagged off the
first High Axle Load Steel Carrier rake under Special Freight Train Operator
(SFTO) policy from Jamshedpur.
During 2016-17, 45
freight terminals (i.e. 30 private sidings and 15 PFTs) were commissioned. These
freight terminals were dedicated to the nation and freight trains from three
terminals, i.e. Kilaraipur in Punjab (Northern Railway), Tandur in Telangana
(South Central Railway) and Khemli in Rajasthan (North Western Railway) were
flagged off on April 19, said a release.
Mr Prabhu stressed
in his address that freight is an important segment for the Railways.
"Change in freight policies are always required. These new 45 freight
terminals inaugurated today are a next step of changes in freight policy. The
High Axle Load train is a customised rolling stock based on need of customers.
Challenge for Railways is to run passenger and cargo train on same track and
maintain punctuality. Our traffic has grown 65 times and handling capacity has
just grown 4 times. To maintain punctuality is a challenge, we are working for
In the Rail Budget
for 2016-17, it was announced that the Railways would develop/commission at
least a hundred freight terminals on private investment in the next 2 years, the
Exim News Service - New
Delhi, April 20