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Railway Minister 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, Tandur

 

c. CONCOR ICD, Khemli

 

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 it."

 

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 release added.

 

Source: Exim News Service - New Delhi, April 20

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