प्रेस विज्ञप्ति/ Press Release No. 160 Dt: 10.07.2020
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT UNIT (BDU) FOR FREIGHT IN SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY
Indian Railways is working on ambitious target of doubling the freight volume by 2024. Keeping this in view, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Shri Piyush Goyal, directed Zonal Railways to setup multidisciplinary Business Development Units (BDU) at Zonal and Division level consisting of functionaries from all concerned departments.
Railway Board has set freight loading target of 39 Million Tonnes to South Western Railway for the financial year 2020-21. SWR’s first virtual meeting with major freight loading customers has been held on 10th July 2020. Coal, Iron Ore, Steel, and Cement are the major commodities transported through Rail.
In South Western Railway, under the guidance of Shri A. K. Singh, General Manager, Business Development Unit has been set up. To improve loading and to prepare action plan for improving loading and also to improve the condition of Goods Sheds, Shri P. K. Mishra, Additional General Manager has been nominated as nodal officer of SWR.
At the Zonal level, Business Development Unit (BDU) has been set up on SWR comprising of Principal Chief Commercial Manager, Shri Anil Pavithran, Chief Freight Transportation Manager, Shri S.P. Shastri, FA&CAO/G, Shri U. Govindu and Chief Rolling Stock Engineer/Freight, Shri Prakash Chaudhary. This BDU will have frequent interaction with trade and industry to resolve any issues pertaining to freight loading through rail.
While addressing its customers Shri Pavithran, PCCM has stated that an action plan has been chalked out to achieve the loading target by attracting its customers through various concession and freight incentive schemes.
Shri S.P. Shastri, CFTM and convener for the BDU further explained to the customers about various freight incentive schemes and concessions available for various streams of traffic and requested customers to avail the benefits of these schemes.
Short lead concession is given to all commodities except coal, coke, and iron ore. Military Traffic, Rail Material Consignment and Container Traffic. 50% concession upto distance of 0-50 KM, 25% for 51-75 KMs and 10% for 75-90 KMs.
Long lead concession is offered for coal, coke, Iron Ore and Iron and Steel. 20% concession is given for coal and coke traffic which is moved beyond 1400 KMs. 20% is given for Iron & Steel which is moved beyond 1600 KMs. 15% for Iron ore moved between 701-1500 KMs and 20% for traffic beyond 1500 KMs.
Mini rakes are permitted only for covered wagons with a minimum composition of 21 wagons can be loaded from all half and full rake terminals to a maximum distance of 1500 KMs for all commodities except coal, ores, and raw material for steel plants.
Two point rakes (covered wagons only) are permitted to notified terminals by Railway Board on certain conditions such as the distance between two terminals should not be more than 500KMs a minimum of 10 wagons should be loaded to each destination, etc.
Loading of Steel for 2 destinations is permitted on South Western Railway for combination of destinations viz. Satellite Goods Terminal Whitefield (SGWF)- Maddur, Hosur-Maddur, SGWF-Hosur and Sail Siding Channasandra (CSAS)-SGWF.
The members of BDU further assured all possible assistance to the customers and emphasized on moving more traffic by the Railways as it is the best and safe choice for freight transportation during this current crisis faced due to Covid-19 pandemic. CFTM assured for the timely supply of various types of empty rakes to suit the various loading requirements of customers.
On SWR new steam of Traffic has already been captured in form of Granulated slag from JSW Steel Ltd to PMAK. This was recaptured after gap of 5 years from 2017, duly availing short lead concession.
Representatives from JSW Steel Ltd of Toranagallu and Macheri Road, South West Port Ltd., Adani, National Mineral Development Corporation, ACC Cements, Kirloskar, Vedanta, BMM Ispat, RPC, Sri Kalahasthi Pipes, Arjas Steel, among others have participated in the meeting.
Chief Public Relations Officer
South Western Railway, Hubballi