Railways aims for a 5-fold increase in car transport in five years

NEW DELHI: With the railways witnessing a significant decrease in the transport of coal, which has affected its income from load segment, the state carrier points to a five-fold increase in its participation in transport cars by 2025

Currently, the bulk of automobile transportation - particularly cars and two-wheelers - is through the road network where they are transported from factories to showrooms across the country. The five-year vision document of the railway ministry says the current share of cars transported through trains is barely 10%.

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According to official data, the total coal transported by railways stood at nearly 606 million tonnes in 2018-19 and as per the revised estimate of 2019-20, it’s set to reduce to 592 million tonnes.

Admitting that the decline in coal transportation is a concern for the national carrier, the president of the railway board, V K Yadav, said recently that it was a good sign for the entire country. He said renewable and green power generation it had become the priority and new thermal power plants were emerging in the vicinity of coal mines.

“These have impacted our load traffic. So, we need to focus on new areas. There is good potential to increase transportation of cars , particularly cars from factory gates to ports. I recently visited Jawaharlal Nehru port trust y evaluó cómo podemos atraer más de este segmento de load , dijo Yadav.

According to the budget document, load loading by railways in 2019-20 is likely to be 1,223 million tonnes by March and nearly 50% of this is coal. But during 2020-21, this share is estimated to reduce to 40%.

Though the government has been talking about modal shift in transport sector by giving priority to waterways/coastal shipping and railways over roads, till now maximum share of load is transported through roads.