Rail­way Bud­get: Cargo sec­tor looks for more

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Rail­way Min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu, pre­sented his out­lay for rail­way freight sec­tor in his maiden bud­get. The pro­posed in­vest­ment plan in the Rail Bud­get for 2015-19 made pro­vi­sions to fa­cil­i­tate con­nec­tiv­ity to new and up­com­ing ports through PPP model. This has also been done keep­ing in mind need for speedy work on crit­i­cal coal con­nec­tiv­ity lines to bring nearly 100 MT of in­cre­men­tal traf­fic to Rail­ways and fa­cil­i­tate trans­porta­tion of coal to power houses.

To mod­ernise op­er­a­tions gov­ern­ment an­nounced lo­gis­tics parks and pri­vate freight ter­mi­nals on PPP model. Pro­vi­sion has been made for spe­cial milk tanker trains in as­so­ci­a­tion with Na­tional Dairy Board and Amul to fa­cil­i­tate trans­porta­tion of milk through rail and boost move­ment of fruit and veg­eta­bles in part­ner­ship with CRWC at 10 lo­ca­tions. Prabhu also as­sured close mon­i­tor­ing of Ded­i­cated Freight Cor­ri­dor Project (DFC) and im­ple­men­ta­tion of Eastern and West­ern DFCs set­ting a tar­get of nearly 1,000 kms of civil con­struc­tion con­tracts.

As per the Bud­get pro­posal, av­er­age speed of freight trains will be en­hanced. Freight rates of ce­ment, coal & coke, iron or steel & petroleum prod­ucts have been raised, but salt has been ex­empted.

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