Central Railway loads 145 rakes of automobiles from April – November this financial year

Central Railway gets Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata’s Automobiles o­nboard Indian Railways Automobile Transport Wagons for quick & cost-effective delivery.

Central Railway has transported cars, tractors, pickup vans, jeeps, etc in 145 rakes in this financial year i.e from April – November 2020 to various cities in India and also exported by rail to Bangladesh. Central Railway’s Bhusaval division has transported automobiles in 80 rakes, from Pune Division 53 rakes, Nagpur Division 9 rakes and from Mumbai Division 3 Rakes in this financial year up to 19th November 2020. Shri Sanjeev Mittal, General Manager lauded the efforts of the Business Development Unit of the Central Railway Headquarter & Divisions for their consistent efforts in getting this business of transporting automobiles in 145 rakes in less than 8 months of this financial year 2020-21 as against 118 rakes in the whole of the last financial year 2019-20.

From April – November 2020 this financial year, as a landmark move, for the first time from Mumbai Division a rake of 23 NMG wagons loaded with 87 pickup vans were transported from Kalamboli to Benapole, Bangladesh followed by a second rake loaded with 83 pickup vans of Mahindra & Mahindra to Benapole, Bangladesh in 25 NMG wagons o­n 20th November 2020. Tractors were loaded from the newly opened Ajni Good Shed to Phillaur, Firozpur o­n 31.08.20. As the export of Automobiles to Bangladesh, the first rake of tractors were loaded from Ajni Good Shed to Benapole, Bangladesh o­n 13.10.20. o­ne rake of Automobile (NMG) was loaded from Chinchwad Goods shed to Ernakulam after 09 years (the last rake was loaded in the year 2011). A landmark breakthrough was achieved when for the first time ever over Central Railway a rake of 25 NMG containing 75 Pickup vans was loaded by Transport Corporation of India (TCOI) from Chinchwad to Benapole, Bangladesh.

Bhusaval Division has so far loaded 80 rakes in the current financial year. Domestic rail transport services have become quite popular. M/S Mahindra Logistics Limited Nashik has dispatched to new locations viz. Kalaikonda, Chitpur, Raxaul.

The impetus in the automobile loading was achieved due to various freight friendly measures taken by Indian Railways and its intensive marketing efforts by the Business Development Units (BDU) formed at all five divisions of Central Railway. The active role of BDUs is enabling Railways to focus o­n new thrust areas including close monitoring of turnaround time of the NMG rakes to transport the goods faster and be available for the next loading thereby attracting new opportunities. Soon, automobiles (Mahindra & Mahindra) Jeeps & tractors will be loaded from Kalamboli (KLMG) to Bangladesh in NMG rakes. Central Railway also planned to increase NMG loading from Butibori, launch automobile loading from Baramati, and develop Loni for loading /unloading of automobile traffic. Central Railway extends automobile companies, logistic firms & loaders of all possible help and is committed to addressing all their concerns and issues o­n priority.

This press release is issued by the Public Relations Department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai.