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Sand miners lift sand from River Sone at Bihta/Koilwar. They can now fill their trucks and move much more swiftly and cheaply to other parts of the country.
The newly built Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge is complete and operational; trains run, but the road passage is not yet complete.
As a result, the present Mahatma Gandhi Setu remains jammed for several hours causing great inconvenience to the people.
Railways has made a trial run of 'roll on-roll off' (RORO) service for heavy vehicles on the Digha-Sonepur railway bridge. This system was first introduced in the Konkan railways in 1999 and it proved successful in yielding revenue for railways. Under the new system, railways would carry loaded and empty vehicles (trucks) through the bridge with an aim to take load pressure off the Gandhi Setu, which is already stressed to the limit. Experts regularly visit and inspect its pillars for structural integrity.
Danapur DRM R K Jha said the trial run started from Bihta freight terminal under Danapur division to Turki near Muzaffarpur under Sonepur division of East Central Railway (ECR). Though railways has received good response, five loaded trucks were carried by the goods trains under the RORO service on 23rd May.
Senior railway officials of the division personally escorted and supervised the loading and carriage of loaded trucks by the goods train," he said adding railways would officially declare this new system open for booking of trucks soon.
According to ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak, railways has fixed Rs 4,000 per truck as freight tariff for carrying loaded trucks up to 15 tonne between the Bihta and Turki terminals (88 kms), while it would charge Rs 2,650 per empty truck. Rs 200 will be charged per tonne extra.
The route for RO-RO service of East Central Railways (ECR) is PFT Bihta to Turki. Other guidelines formulated by ECR for the service for the coming six months are as follows -
Loaded trucks will be given preference over empty trucks; besides, bigger trucks will be given preference over smaller trucks. The total weight accepted will be 66 MT.
A rake of BRN having 44 wagons will be used for the R0-RO service.
Konkan Railways Corporation (KRC), a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, manages the RO-RO service. The anti-collision devices, the Sky Bus and RORO are a few of the innovations from Konkan Railways. The KRC came up with the concept of RORO, where loaded trucks are moved on wagons and are travelled by trains.
The RORO service is bound to promote trade and help business community in easily carrying their consignments by trucks to the destined places by railway services without facing traffic snarls on the Gandhi Setu.