North Central Railway
No. 11PR/11/2019/Press ReleaseDate: 06.11.2019
Freight Customers Meet organised by North Central Railway in a bid to give boost to freight loading and better coordination with premium loading customers
On 06.11.2019, Freight customers meet was organised by North Central Railway at Prayagraj. This meeting among representatives of leading freight loading organisations from public and private sector and officials of North Central Railway was chaired by General Manager North Central Railway Sri Rajiv Chaudhry. Sr officials from NTPC, IOCL, HPCL, Ultratech Cement, Inland Container Depots Dadri, PPGCL Bewra, Senior representative from chamber of commerce, leading Ballast loaderswere representing customers while from North Central Railway side Principal Chief Operations Manager NCR Sri Ravi Valluri, Principal Chief Commercial Manager NCR Sri M N Ojha, other Principal head of Departments and other senior officials of traffic and commercial branch of of North Central Railway were present.
At the outset Chief Commercial Manager Freight Marketing Smt. Anu Mani Tripathi welcomed all customers and NCR officials in the meeting and made a brief presentation covering loading scenario prevailing over North Central Railway and customer wise specific items. Chief Freight TrafficManager Sri P K Ojha discussed operational issues requiring better coordination between Railway and freight loaders for improved availability of rakes and lesser damage to wagons during loading and unloading.
Speaking on the occasion PCCM Sri M. N.Ojha quoted Mahatma Gandhiwho once said that “A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him”. He said that under the dynamic leadership of GM Sri Chaudhry, NCR has implemented many reforms to ensure transparent and hassle-free loading regime for our valued customers.
PCOM NCR Sri Ravi Valluri said that North Central Railways plays pivotal role in transportation of Men & Materialand runs premium services like Vande Bharat and Tejas express besides running highest number of high speed trains clocking upto 160 Kmph. He said that against NCR’s best ever loading performance of 15.40 MT in FY 18-19 it has been given a stiff target of 16.25 MT loading and urged supportfrom freight loading partners to realize this goal .
General Manager Sri Rajiv Chaudhry in his address said that meeting with freight customers is organised with an aim to help our friends from business community in ease of rail transportation which in-turn will helpRailways in getting much needed freight transportation.He urged all freight customers and people from chamber of commerce that Railway is most environment friendly mean of transportation and increased transport through Railway will cut down on pollution while NCR will be able to realize its stiff loading target of FY 2019-20. He also added that Railways has already planned to revamp its goods sheds in big way and a dedicated fund allotment for development of goods shed is also being planned.Sri Chaudhry also suggested that we need to run more timetabled container trains to certain destinations from Inland Container depots on designated days which will motivate business community to utilize this facility over Road transport. Sri Chaudhry also informed that medium and small players should utilize benefits of piecemeal, mini rake and more than one station loading permitted by Indian railways since September this year. He also added that non-levy of 15% busy season surcharge should help our valued customers for more and more transportation of their goods through Rail.
After address by GM individual freight customers presented loading plan of their unit and coordination issues with Railway were also taken up. IOCL and HPCL informed that for conversion from BS-IV to BS-VI their refineries shall be under shut down for about 45 days however all efforts shall be made to minimise impact of this mandatory upgradation to meet pollution norms. CONCOR also assured that steps have been taken and loading should show positive growth in next one month. Inland Container Depot ArshiaKhurja said that loading to its Khurja Facility will increase substantially with upcoming major project of Jewar Airport and THDC super thermal power plant in Uttar Pradesh. NCR requested ARIK Khurja to increase loading of Molasses. Representatives from Chamber of commerce urged Railway to start door to door delivery of parcel and more time tabled parcel express. GM NCR Sri Rajiv Chaudhry assured all customers that that their suggestions have been noted and shall be acted upon promptly.
Indian Railways has already announced many Freight incentives schemes to increase Railway Freight Loading which will give a boost to Indian economy.These initiatives applicable since 12th September covers major subsidies in freight charges, steps towards doing business with ease, reforms related to weighments of rakes, digitalisation for improved transparency and accountability etc .