Minister of Railways – Salient Features of Key Freight Sector Initiatives – ROLL-ON ROLL-OFF (RO-RO)
• In the Railway Budget for 2016-17, Minister of Railways has announced that an Action Plan will be developed and implemented to expand the freight basket through either Containerization or new delivery models.
• ‘Roll-on-Roll-off’ is one such New Delivery Model which can provide multimodal transport mix.
• RORO services were started on KONKAN Railway and then proliferated to ECR and NFR successfully last year.
• The pilot project for Green Transportation across National Capital Region is the next such service being introduced on Indian Railways today.
• The pilot project across National Capital Region is the next such service being introduced on Indian Railways.
• There are 127 entry/exit points for NCR region. 9 major entry/exit points criss-crossing the region account for 75% of the commercial light and heavy duty trucks.
• Everyday around 66,000 trucks enter Delhi. Out of these around 38% i.e. 25000 in number are heavy trucks, of which around 60% i.e. 15000 in number are not destined for the Capital
• According to a study, conducted by Centre for Science and Environment, commercial vehicles entering Delhi spew close to 30% of the total particulate load and 22% of Nitrogen oxide load from the transport sector.
• This model would provide movement of trucks in day time also which was restricted earlier from 7 o clock in the morning to 11 o clock in the night.
• Queues at the entry points will get reduced and saving considerable amount of time besides providing adequate rest to truck drivers during Ro-Ro run.
• This model would substantially reduce the air pollution across NCR, which causes severe health hazards
• RORO services can provide an option to these heavy and light commercial vehicles to bypass Delhi.
• RORO envisions to decongest Delhi by loading these commercial vehicles onto railway flat wagons at railway terminals/PFTs outside Delhi and unload them after carrying them across the city.
Benefit to truck operators:
• Saving in 8-10 hours of transit time is expected as no commercial vehicles permitted inside NCR during day time.
• Saving of environment compensation charge (ECC) – around Rs. 1400-2600.
• Saving of toll tax to enter Delhi- around Rs 500 – 900.
• Saving of fuel & Reduction in turn round time
• Railway freight for such movement would be more economical than the cost incurred by road.
Benefit to Community
• Reduction in air and noise pollution
• Reduction in congestion on roads of Delhi
• Reduction in road accidents.
• Reduction in carbon footprint of transportation-Railways has least footprint of all modes.
Benefit to Railways
• Additional traffic
• A new model envisaging compatibility with road movement and Indian Railway’s participation in national efforts to reduce pollution in major metropolitan areas through Green Transportation.
• Indian Railway will also be earning Certified Carbon Credit with every run.
• The first pilot project on NCR from Garhi Harsaru to Murad Nagar is being flagged off from Patel Nagar on 2nd March, 2017.