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Railway formalises RO-RO charges; to be on par with road tariffs

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NEW DELHI : Indian Railways has formalised the charges for the roll-on, roll-off (RORO) service it offers to transporters. The rates are comparable to road tariff, according to people in the know.

These freight rates will be applicable for RORO services to be operated over Indian Railway network, including the dedicated freight corridor (DFC). This service was extensively used during the Covid-19 pandemic to ferry trucks carrying oxygen containers to hospitals.

At present, RORO services are running on DFC and Konkan Railways. This freight circular ensures pan-Indian uniform charging for RORO, which was till now done on a case-to-case basis.

On May 1 this year, the loaded truck rental for a Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi round trip (2,800 km) was ₹1,56,000, according to data compiled by the Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training. Comparably, the base freight rate of the rail’s RORO service for a rigid body truck has been kept at ₹1,46,398 over a distance of 2,751-2,875 km.

Overhead charges such as development charge, busy season surcharge, terminal charge, and GST are also applicable above the base freight rate of the railways.

Effectively, loaded or unloaded trucks can be driven on to the flat wagons of a train and then driven off once the train reaches the destination station.

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