A tender has been floated by the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL), inviting private players to be part of the “roll-on, roll-off” (RO-RO) service on the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) between Palanpur in Gujarat and Rewari in Haryana, which might probably get practically 2,500 vehicles off the roads within the area. The request for proposal (RFP) issued on February 16 by the DFCCIL states that for one yr, the successful bidder could have the only proper to ferry fully-loaded vehicles on trains on the 714 km lengthy stretch. It will contain as many as 900 journeys, every with 45 loaded vehicles, on the brand new WDFC stretch, which can be operational within the month of March, in accordance to a PTI report.
As per the RFP, two rakes with every comprising of 45 BRN wagons, personalized/modified and made appropriate by the Indian Railways for truck loading and unloading on/from every of the wagons as RO-RO service. Further services resembling entry and exit ramps, connectivity from the involved site visitors yard to a motorable street in addition to lighting within the involved site visitors yard would be offered by the DFCCIL, it mentioned.
It additional mentioned that the contract’s base worth will be Rs 81 crore, based mostly on calculations that every journey would earn an estimated quantity of Rs 9 lakh. Any bid that’s successful would have to be over this quantity. The service of RO-RO goals to reduce carbon emission and congestion as practically 66,000 diesel-guzzling vehicles go through the nationwide capital and its adjoining areas every day on the way in which to UP, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. Approximately 20,000 vehicles not servicing the National Capital Region (NCR) enter the area to journey additional.
According to officers, for truckers, this technique will create a win-win state of affairs as items will be transported in a secure and sooner means, saving the associated fee on diesel and man-hours, aside from decreasing air pollution ranges. It is being estimated by the officers that round 2,500-3,000 vehicles ply between Rewari and Palanpur on an everyday foundation. The vehicles, from Rewari, carry items to the ports of Gujarat in addition to areas like Kutch, Kandla, Mundra, Gandhidham, Mehsana, Palanpur, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Surat. The vehicles, from Palanpur, transfer in the direction of the NCR and north Indian cities like Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Rewari, Hisar, Haridwar, Ludhiana.
Officials mentioned that the time taken by street is round 24 hours to 36 hours and the associated fee to the client is about Rs 20,185 per truck for about a distance of 714 km. This additionally leads to congestion and excessive carbon emission. Using the Western DFC would imply that the vehicles, with a velocity of 75 km per hour, would cowl an analogous distance of 636 km in 10 hours. The RFP issued by the DFCCIL will be opened on March 18, the report mentioned.