Mangalore: Konkan Railway's Ro-ro Service Enables Easy, Fuel-efficient Transport

Mangalore: Konkan Railway's Ro-ro Service Enables Easy, Fuel-efficient Transport

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (PS)

Mangalore, Jul 24: "The ro-ro (roll-on roll-off) service by Konkan Railway started 13 years ago is a unique service that has enabled transport of loaded trucks directly by railway wagons. This is win-win project," said deputy chief commercial manager of Konkan Railways Nandu Telang.

Addressing a press meet at the Konkan Railway Corporation service office on Tuesday July 24, Telang said that as of now, five rakes are operating, and soon a sixth one will be added.

"The ro-ro service has reduced expenditure on diesel, wear and tear of tyres and maintanance of trucks for operators, and has lso ensured on-time and intact delivery," he said, adding that in 13 years since its inception, there has not been a single case of accident.

"At the national level, this service has helped to conserve precious fuel and reduced pollution levels along the route," he said.

The ro-ro service is currently functioning between Kolad and Verna in Maharashtra (417 km,  8-10 hours journey), Kolad and Suratkal (721 km, 24 hours journey), and Ankola and Suratkal (205 km, 3-5 hours journey).

On the Kolad-Verna route, 15 metric tonnes of load costs Rs 4,500, with every additional tonne costing Rs 300; on Kolad-Suratkal route, 15 metric tonnes costs Rs 6,900, with Rs 400 for every additional tonne.

"This year (2011-2012) as many as 35,000 trucks were carried in all the five rakes. All kinds of goods are transported, including perishable ones but excluding inflammable items like petrol," Telang said.

"Over the 13 years, the ro-ro service has fetched a profit of Rs 205. 60 crore," he added, lamenting that the only downside was the affect on the service due to ban on mining following Lokayukta reports of illegal mining in the state.

He said that at present, only Konkan Railway runs this service, while others are contemplating its introduction. "It is left to the railway ministry to decide on introducing the service across the country. The railway board of India is considering its practicability," he said.

Listing out the advantages of the service to operators he said that some of the benefits include increase in profit margins, no risk of accident, fuel conservation, and less paper work. For railways, the advantages are that goods can be carried to-and-fro, there is no requirement of goods sheds, no possibility of detention on terminals even on holidays, and no additional overhead costs.

For the nation, the advantage lies in the fact that each ro-ro rake carries 40 trucks, saving approximately 10 litres of diesel per kilometer. "Hence, the service contributes to fuel conservation. It has also resulted in reduction of road accidents on NH 66," he said.

"Road transport is mainly in the private sector. A large number of truck owners are looking forward to reaping the benefits of fuel efficiency of railways. This has also increased the number of trips undertaken to transport goods and enhanced the value of their assets," he added.

"Earlier, goods on railways were suppplied in containers which needed machinery for their loading and unloading. However, ro-ro service has eliminated that problem and enabled door-to-door service to the end user," he said.

Assistant commercial manager of Konkan Railway Corporation Sunil Narkar, assistant traffic mangaer Vinay, and manager and PRO V G Ghatge were present.


Comment on this article


    Sat, Jan 23 2016

    i want to fair from banglore to mumbai roll on roll train

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  • Sunilchandra. Vinekar, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 12 2016

    Is there any scheme to ro&ro car from Mumbai to Mangalore?

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  • Srinivasan P, chennai

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    This is a good service more so if private car owners allowed to use the service or is it allowed already if you are prepared to pay the fees? Can some one clarify.

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  • Jayant Frank, Mangalore / Mumbai

    Fri, Sep 21 2012

    This type of facility should also be offered to private cars.

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  • Damodar Bhat, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 26 2012

    What is the KCCI doing ? They are only talking about SEZ because most of its members have a stake there.These people have bought land and have become speculators.There should be a CBI inquiry into this matter.The KCCI has become a joke but a money spinner for many of its members.

    Let KCCI come out with a list of SEZ land grabbers from Mangalore itself.

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  • Jacobnelosn, Bejai

    Wed, Jul 25 2012

    Even truck owners can save police hafta every corners and check post I seen while travelling in truck to Mumbai on holidays!

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  • Lawrence Fernandes, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Wed, Jul 25 2012

    Congratulations to Konkan railways for your great job. But Mr.Nandu Telang. can you please do the pending job of over bridge near Morgans gate level crossing for the convenient of vehicles and people to reach safely to the High way. Although it had been sanctioned by the Karnataka Govt, still this issue has been pending since three years or more. DaijiDubai kindly look in to this matter.

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  • vinod, mangalore

    Wed, Jul 25 2012

    it will be nice if the facility is available for cars as well as the rickshaws at the station refuse to come after returning from a journey and has to keep walking with luggage

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  • Denis Britto, Urwa, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 25 2012

    Why was the JAN SHATABDI EXPRESS between Mangalore & Goa discontinued ? This was a fantastic train.

    As of the early morning MANGALA FAST PASSENGER ( actually a slow passenger train ), the Railways should introduce AC chair car too.

    Moreover to add , the Kankanady Railway Station ( Mangalore Junction ) has no porters, no transport to the city.If anyone tries calling up the station nobody answers the phone.A similar case with the Mangalore main station at Hampankatta.

    If there is an emergency nobody can be contacted in these two stations.

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  • Dinesh Pai, Surathkal, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 25 2012

    Is this facility available for cars ?

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  • Thomas, mangalore /india

    Wed, Jul 25 2012

    KOnkan Railways have established records and been role models in many areas.This is a proud moment and best wishes and congratulations to all involved to make it happen.
    2/ we dont stop at this success : be innovative and think out of the box use the vast reserve and resource s of water bodies Karnataka /India has.:
    Rivers -lakes- oceans etc.
    We should invite the Japanese - Europeans -British -Holland cos to start inland navigation .
    RO-RO vessel services.
    which can be efficient-clean-no-pollution -economical- fast- generate employment- etc.
    use this water channels . efficiently.
    They have good ferry services in Ankara -turkey.
    Holland .-england -Italy etc.
    Ex: naval officers should venture in this field.

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  • Concerned Indian, Mangalore, Rome.

    Tue, Jul 24 2012

    Certainly something to be happy about... Congrats Konkan railways for having shown the way...

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