Own TXR Fa­cil­i­ties

Cargo Talk - - Railways -

A ma­jor chal­lenge is main­te­nance of wagon ex­am­i­na­tion fa­cil­i­ties by Rail­ways. Rakes car­ry­ing con­tain­ers need to be ex­am­ined and each rake is as­signed a fa­cil­ity for ex­am­i­na­tion. And then a cer­tifi­cate is is­sued by the Train Ex­am­iner (TXR).

The chal­lenge arises when a fa­cil­ity is away from the main cir­cuit when the rake is op­er­a­tional. Mov­ing the rake a long dis­tance to reach the fa­cil­ity has op­er­a­tional dif­fi­cul­ties. De­spite hav­ing a pro­vi­sion in the Model Con­ces­sion Agree­ment (MCA) of al­low­ing CTOs to in­vest in their own TXR fa­cil­i­ties, the In­dian Rail­ways is not al­low­ing the train ex­am­i­na­tion by the non-IR TXR staff and not en­cour­ag­ing wagon main­te­nance by other par­ties. Ajay Shukla, Mem­ber Traf­fic, Rail­way Board ex­plains, “The MCA has been drafted with the man­date for cre­ation of ter­mi­nals by CTOs with main­te­nance fa­cil­i­ties. How­ever, lim­ited num­ber of ter­mi­nals have been de­vel­oped by CTOs and lim­ited num­ber of th­ese ter­mi­nals have been pro­vided with in­fras­truc­ture for wagon main­te­nance. They are de­pen­dent on Rail­ways’ ter­mi­nals for wagon main­te­nance. Me­chan­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion of trains is di­rectly con­nected with safety of train op­er­a­tion and will be best when main­te­nance of a given rake is with a sin­gle en­tity. How­ever, ex­ami- “There are no cer­ti­fied or known agen­cies that can take up the task of pri­vate TXR ex­am­i­na­tion. If IR were to al­low the task of pri­vate ex­am­i­na­tion of trains, they would need to put in place a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process for ex­am­in­ing agen­cies. Also, at present, five per cent of the rail freight paid to IR that par­tic­u­lar rolling stock. The prob­lem arises when com­pe­tent rail­way per­son­nel are not posted round-the­clock at the con­tainer ter­mi­nals. Aditya Prakash Mishra, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Kutch Rail­way says, “CTOs have to trans­port staff from their base sta­tion to the con­tainer ter­mi­nals, as per the con­ve­nience and avail­abil­ity

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