The focus of South Central Railway to increase freight traffic by adding new commodities to its freight basket has been consistently gaining traction. Continuing this momentum, for the first time, Veldurti station of Hyderabad Division in the state of Andhra Pradesh has been able to start loading of Sodium Hydroxide (new commodity) commonly known as “Caustic Soda Lye”. 80 Tank containers consisting of around 2,200 Tonnes of Caustic Soda is being loaded in 40 BLL Flat wagons from Veldurti, which is destined for Nalco Siding at Damanjodi of Orissa state. Accordingly, the first Caustic Soda rake of SCR is being loaded today i.e., 23rd October, 2021.
Caustic Soda Lye is a major product being produced at Tandrapadu village near Kurnool, which is 50 Kms from Veldurti station. It is used to manufacture soaps, rayon, paper, explosives, dyestuffs and petroleum products. It is also used in processing cotton fabric, laundering and bleaching, metal cleaning and processing, oxide coating, electroplating and electrolytic extracting. This consignment was normally moved by Roadways.
The Business Development Unit of Hyderabad Division have been able to convince the freight customers about the benefits of loading through Railways viz., safe, secure, economical and without any pilferages. This is more beneficial when transported to farther places. Consequently, the freight customers have come forward to load the Caustic Soda commodity in tank containers from Veldurti station, which enabled to move the first rake of caustic soda tank container of the Zone.
Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manger, SCR complimented the team of Officers and Staff of Hyderabad Division for adding one more commodity to the freight basket of the Zone. He instructed Zonal and Divisional BDUs to continue the same commitment so that the freight traffic of the Zone continues to grow. He said that transportation by Railways is mutually beneficial proposition for both Railways as well as the Customers.