Chandigarh, August 29
The Ambala division of Northern Railways, to further augment the rail share in transportation, has doubled the average speed of freight trains as compared to last year. Various concessions and discounts have been offered too.
Now, the division has withdrawn ‘busy season surcharge’, which was charged at 15 per cent, till further orders. A long-lead concession of 15 to 20 per cent is being granted to coal, iron-ore, and finished steel. Short-lead concession of 10 to 50 per cent is being given to all traffic, except coal and iron-ore.
Terminal access charge concession (50 per cent) is being granted at Group-III terminals.
The container and automobile traffic has also been exempted from payment of stabling charges till October 31. The division has allowed a 5 and 25 per cent discount on haulage charges to loaded and empty containers. DRM, GM Singh, said, “Concession is also given to bulk/loose fly-ash and industrial salt.”— TNS
Policy to decongest terminals launched
There will be no restrictions on booking of freight to any good sheds or terminals. Alternative good shed policy has been launched to decongest busy good sheds (no terminal charges levied). Private freight terminal and siding policies have been liberalised to attract more players in freight operation. Limit on co-users in private sidings has been withdrawn.