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To beat the lack of Infra, South Central Railways move freight trains in a convoy to reduce cargo handling time

In a novel move to speed up cargo delivery, the South Central Railway moved as many as forty freight trains in a convoy in a backward region where the railways have no plans to implement a Dedicated Freight Corridor in the near future.

In all the Zonal railways in Southern India the freight trains have to move in the same railway track as passenger trains. As movement of passenger trains gets preference, freight trains get delayed making the trade look for other railway zones where the infrastructure is modern. 

The concept increases the efficiency and tones up the revenue of the railways. The new concept of movement of freight trains in a row by the south central railway was disclosed by the railway minister Piyus Goyal at a function in the national capital on October fifth. 

The Railway Minister inaugurated International Conference on Technological Advancements in Railway and Metro Projects (IC-TRAM 2018). Mr. V.K.Saraswat, Member, Niti Aayog, Shri Keshav Chandra, Chairman , Organizing  Committee and former Member Railway Board & senior Railway officials were present on the occasion.

 Speaking on the occasion Mr. Goyal said, “Railways is always open to embrace technological innovations to provide best services to the commuters. The introduction of Shinkansen from Ahmedabad to Mumbai wasn’t only about speed but about introducing the latest technology in the country.

 The need of the hour is to figure out technological innovations which can make Railways safer & more efficient. The top management of Railways is open to new ideas & willing to take up new assignments for creating a ‘New Railways’. Mr Goyal talked about the remarkable progress made in elimination of Unmanned Level Crossings across Indian Railways & the convoy system in freight train movement adopted by South Central Railway recently. Forty freight trains in this convoy were able to run at higher speeds due to lack of interference from passenger trains. This concept will increase efficiency and revenues for the railway. 

Earlier, Mr Keshav Chandra, Chairman, Organizing Committee and former Member Railway Board, elaborated the focus areas of each session of the conference. He asked all those in the business of railways and metro transportation, as well as the larger transportation community, operators, engineers to upgrade their technical skills and knowledge, interact with specialists from various engineering disciplines, hear from the experts from India and abroad on the fine ‘art and science’ of metro building and railway modernization. 

The second edition of the International Conference on Technological Advancements in Railways & Metro Projects is being organized on October 4 and 5 by DIPM Council (India). The aim is to take stock of the consolidation taking place in Railways and Metros world-wide with special focus on India, the inflow of new technologies effecting sweeping changes in manufacturing processes and operations and review of the multiple business opportunities for ‘Make in India’. Experts from various fields of Railway and Metro Operations and Infrastructure from all over the world will be participating in this International Conference being held at New Delhi.




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