South Central Railway has transported Automobile vehicles viz., Mini trucks & commercial vehicles through Railways for the first time to Jirania Railway station in Tripura state of North Eastern part of the country. It is the farthest distance being covered by Railways from SCR connecting South India with North Eastern States.
As per the advice of Rail Ministry, South Central Railway has accorded special focus on freight traffic. The Business Development Units (BDU) have been set-up at both Zonal and Divisional level not only to strengthen the existing traffic but also to attract new traffic towards Railways. Accordingly, the Secunderabad Divisional BDU team has been making special efforts to increase the freight basket of the division.
The continuous efforts by the team have led Zahirabad as fast evolving and as a preferred station for loading automobiles over Secunderabad Division. Compared to the last financial year, wherein only 01 automobile rake was loaded during entire financial year, this year already 10 rakes have been loaded from this station.
To begin with, the automobile traffic used to go only to Changsari in Assam. However, the continuous efforts of Secunderabad division officials in coordinating and monitoring with freight customers has led to the addition of one more new destination i.e., Jirania in Tripura, which is also the farthest point among the Zonal freight loading destinations. Accordingly, 15 NMG wagons consisting of 69 vehicles were transported to Jirania station of Tripura State which is around 3600 Kms from Zahirabad. Along with these, 10 NMG wagons consisting of 42 vehicles were loaded to Changsari station in Assam state.
Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manger, SCR complimented railway officials of Secunderabad Division for their sustained efforts in enhancing freight loading. He expressed his happiness as the Zone is able to transport Automobile vehicles to the farthest points located in North Eastern parts of the country.