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Rail PSU invites private players to be part of 'roll-on roll-off' service

Railway PSU DFCCIL has floated a tender inviting private players to be part of a roll-off, roll-on service

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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Railway PSU DFCCIL has floated a tender inviting private players to be part of the roll-off, roll-on service between Palanpur in Gujarat and Rewari in Haryana on the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor.

The request for proposal (RFP) issued by the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) on February 16 states that the winning bidder will have the sole rights to ferry fully-loaded trucks on trains on the 714-km stretch for a period of one year.

It will involve 900 trips, each with 45 loaded trucks, on the newly-opened stretch of the WDFC, the document said.

"Two rakes consisting of 45 BRN wagons each, modified/customised and made suitable by the Indian Railways for loading and unloading of trucks on/from each of the wagons as Roll On Roll Off (RO-RO) service. Further Facilities like entry/exit ramps, connectivity from concerned traffic yard to a motorable road and lighting in concerned traffic yard would be provided by the DFCCIL," the document says.

It also states that the base value of the contract will be Rs 81 crore, based on calculations that each trip would earn an estimated Rs nine lakh.

Any winning bid would have to be over this amount.

The RO-RO service aims to reduce carbon emission and congestion as 66,000 diesel-guzzling trucks pass through Delhi and its adjoining areas every day on the way to Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Around 20,000 trucks not servicing the NCR enter the region to travel further.

Officials said this system will create a win-win situation for truckers as goods will be transported in a safe and faster way, saving the cost on diesel and man-hours, besides reducing pollution levels.

The service was first launched around 2017 by then railway minister Suresh Prabhu, but failed within a month due to technical reasons.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Mon, February 22 2021. 20:27 IST
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