NEW DELHI : The Railways has liberalised the policy for handling vehicles with an aim to increasing vehicle-traffic handling.
This month onwards, the Railways will allow handling of automobile from all container terminals, and allow loading automobile and auto spares in privately owned wagons in different directions for optimal utilisation of stock, said Mohd Jamhsed, Member Traffic of the Railway Board. This was not permitted earlier. “Vehicles can be loaded and unloaded from all Inland Container Depots (ICDs), container terminals managed by Container Train Operators, a move that shall result in availability of additional 86 locations where automobiles can be handed,” he said in a release.
The move comes on the back of a growth in handling and revenue from automobile traffic. During 2017-18, the loading of automobile traffic increased 16 per cent, while earnings increased 18 per cent, against 2016-17.