Patna : Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated ‘ roll on – roll off ‘( RORO)  service   for  the heavy vehicles  on Digha – Sonepur railway bridge through a remote system  from New Delhi at a function held at Bihta freight terminal on Wednesday. Under the new system, railways would carry loaded and empty  vehicles ( trucks ) through the bridge  with an aim to taking load pressure off  Mahatma Gandhi  Setu. East Central Railway  (ECR) GM A K Mittal was also present at the function.  

ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak said this system, which was first introduced in the Konkan railways in 1999 , had proved successful  so far yielding  good revenue to the railways . While ECR  has built freight terminal at Bihta on the southern  side,   freight terminal has also been built at  Turki near Muzaffarpur on the  northern  end  of the bridge, he said adding this new experiment is likely to benefit business men of the state.

Rajak  said that 25 loaded trucks  were carried in the open wagons of the goods train on the inaugural day on Wednesday.  Railways  has fixed  Rs 4,000   per truck  as  freight tariff  for carrying loaded trucks up to 15 tonne  between Bihta and Turki terminals while it would charge  Rs 2,650 for per empty truck. However , a sum of Rs 200 will be charged  for per tonne extra. Besides, railways would charge Rs 5,000 per loaded truck up to 15 tonne between Bihta and Narayanpur and Rs 3,000 per empty truck, he said adding railways will realize Rs 250 per truck  extra if they carry more than 15 tonne load .

Rajak expressed hope that the ‘ roll on-roll off’  service by railways will  facilitate business community in carrying their consignments  by trucks to their destination by railway services without facing traffic snarls on the Gandhi Setu . ECR has worked  the details for easy loading of trucks on the specially designed   freight wagons  at Bihta and  Turki  terminals.   

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