Indian Railways made a decision to give concession in short lead traffic to improve industrial activities, under which 50% discount will be given on freight up to 0-50 km, 25% discount on freight up to 51-75 km and 10% discount on freight up to 76-90 km. Freight up to 91-100 km will also be carried by railway. Earlier, there was a ceiling of a minimum 100 km distance for freight by the railways which has been ended by giving a concession. This concession will apply to all types of goods except coal and coke, iron ore, military traffic, rail material consignment and container traffic. This concession will be applicable from 01.07.2020 to 30.06.2021. No other concessions will be implemented other than this. The concession of 6% in the freight to and from in North East Region will be applicable. Centre for Railway Information System will carry out software modification for system implementation.
Additionally, the Ministry of Railways had come up with policy guidelines for concession in freight charges for long lead traffic. According to this policy, for a distance of over 1,400 km for transportation of coal and coke, the Railways will offer a concession of 20 per cent; for a distance of over 1,600 km for transportation of iron and steel, the Railways will offer a concession of 20 per cent; for a distance of 701km to1,500 km concession of 15 per cent and for more than 1,500 km for transportation of iron ore 20 per cent, will be offered by the Railways.
Railways will interact with industries on a continuous basis to attract more volumes, which will be monitored by the Railway Board on a periodic basis, Divisional Railway Manager Shri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava said. In order to strengthen the traditional commodities base and miscellaneous non-bulk goods, Railway setup Business Development Units, he added.
Suggestions, advises, proposals can be addressed to Senior Divisional Operations Manager, Waltair Division.