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Flagging Off Of Double Stack Container Train

In the last few decades Indian Railways have taken huge strides in providing a variety of facilities in transportation of goods to rail users at affordable rates, along with many options for traveling facilities to passengers as well.For the movement of freight, in addition to the conventional wagons, tankers, etc, the facility of carrying goods by containers has been provided which has been appreciated by all. As the containers also have the advantage of being truly the means of multimodal transport, it can be carried by planes, ships, trains as well as trucks. With the world shrinking into a global village, the facility of transportation by containers has benefited many. By this mode, material received from overseas can be transferred from ships to the Railways at the port itself and carried to any corner of the country in bulk and vice-versa.

There is a constant endeavour around the world to evolve environment friendly methods by which the transportation cost also remains affordable.One such measure is the running of double stack container trains.The idea of the double container train was first tried out in the west in 1984, since then there has been a 100 fold increase in the market for this mode of transport. One of the main factors of this popularity has been the steep rise in the prices of petroleum and its products, making long haul transportation by trucks unfeasible.
The first double stack container train was run in India on 23.3.2006 between Jaipur and Pipavav Port in Gujarat, a distance of 950 km. Recently safety and other clearances have been obtained and now it will be possible to run the double stack containers from Patli near Gurgaon upto Mundra Port in Gujarat, bringi
The double stack container trains will be 19 feet high and run on non-electrified/ Diesel routes. The 19 feet high double stack container trains were first run on the on the Jaipur-Mundra port route in 2009. The earlier double stack container trains, which were introduced between Jaipur and Pipavav were of 17 ft height, as the individual container was 8’6” in height. With the commissioning of the Rewari-Ringus-Phullera section in 2009 and the adjustment of all clearances over the track right upto Gurgaon, it has been possible to make this route operational for double stack of hi-cube containers (9’6”). For this one foot-over-bridge has been removed at Patuadi, near Gurgaon.
The goods that are expected to be carried in these trains will be cars, steel, consumer goods and medicines.The running of the double stack container trains on 1198 KM long Gurgaon-Mundra route, will have a positive impact on the environment as the haulage charges will be more competitive vis-à-vis road transport, becoming the preferred mode of transportation for many. Thus pollution and road congestion caused by trucks and lorries carrying containers will also decrease.

The running of double stack container trains will have several benefits which will ultimately benefit the consumers.These are :
·The operators of container trains will be given a rebate of 50% for top layer of containers thus reducing the unit cost of haulage.
·Terminal congestion will be minimized as the dwelling time of containers at terminal and ports will be reduced as more and more containers will be on the move.
·The rolling stock requirement of locos and container flat wagons will also be reduced substantially as double the number of containers will be carried in one go.
·The number of trains will be reduced as double the number of containers will be carried at one time reducing the strain of route capacity.
·The overall transit time of containers will also be reduced.
·Since the containers are non-conventional hi-cube containers 9’6” high, each train will carry 180 TEUs (boxes), this will help in their faster evacuation, thus lowering transportation costs.
ng the National Capital Region on the double stack container circuit. The first Double Stack train was flagged off on 21.10.2011 at 1600 hrs. from Patli by GeneralManager, Northern Railway Sh. S.K. Budhalakoti . The event was also attended by Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railway, Delhi Division Sh. Ashwani Lohani.This is the first double stack container train over Northern Railway and the second double stack container route over Indian Railways. Since the National Capital Region handles more than a million containers per annum, this train will be extremely beneficial to all. The running of this train is also a part of the train operations proposed in the Railway Budget of this year.
The route followed by the train would be Patli, Ringus, Phulera, Ajmer, Palanpur, Samakhiali, Gandhidham and Mundra Port.

Source -  N Rly

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