Indian Railways amends freight policy in a bid to boost the economy

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With an aim to revive the pandemic struck economy during Unlock 3.0, Indian Railways is making reforms to its freight policy and is offering a slew of incentives, including 50% concession in terminal access charges for covered wagons, to boost freight traffic.

A Railway Ministry spokesperson informed that the new freight policy measures introduced by the government will further boost the incentives for all suppliers to transport their goods through railways.

In the revised policy, the Railways has worked on the alternate goods shed policy, under which terminal charge will not be levied on consignments booked from alternate goods sheds, instead of identified busy goods shed, the official said.

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The railways in August has already surpassed the freight loading figures, adding that 8.64 million tonnes of freight had been loaded compared with 8.37 million tonnes during the corresponding period last year.

The official said that under the free-time relaxation for covered wagons, zonal railways are empowered to relax the free time up to double the normal free time and/or non-levy of demurrage/wharfage in case of covered stock up to September 30.

The official said that to boost the freight traffic, the railways has decided to give 50 per cent concession in terminal access charge on container traffic handled at Group-III Container Rail Terminals.

The Ministry has decided to not collect the stabling charges on container traffic from May 18 to October 31.

Further, a discount of 5% on haulage charge per 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) is being given on loaded containers from August 4 to April 30, 2021, the official said.

The official said permission to accept road weighbridge weight figures to certain goods sheds of South-Central Railway for loading granite-all documents and data to be captured in the system.

The railways has also decided to give a concession of 40% for loading in open wagons covered with tarpaulin.

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