Shri B S Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka and Shri Suresh C. Angadi, Minister of State of Railways have flagged off first ever RORO service of South Western Railway from Nelamangla (near Bengaluru) to Bale (near Solapur).
What is a ‘RO-RO service’?
- Roll On Roll Off (RORO)is a concept of carrying road vehicles loaded with various commodities, on open flat railway wagons. RO-RO train services were first introduced in Indian Railways on Konkan Railways in 1999, and are running successfully since then.
- RORO services are combination of best features of road and rail transports in the sense that they offer door to door service with minimal handling transported by fast and direct rail link.
- Road transport has advantage of door to door delivery of goods. However, increasing traffic on roads is leading to congestion and delays to passenger vehicles. This will cause unsafe travel conditions. Also, delays at interstate check posts due to inspection of various documents, etc. contribute to increased travel time.
- On the other hand, Railways provide hassle free and environmentally friendly transport to medium to large quantum of freight. Rail transport is most fuel efficient of all means of transport and is much safer than road.
Advantages of RO-RO service
Roll-on-Roll-off is a multimodal delivery model with following advantages –
- Faster movement of goods and essentials, reducing time taken by trucks to reach destinations due to traffic congestion in between cities
- Reduces congestion on the roads
- Saves precious fuel
- Reduces carbon footprint
- Relief to crew of truck as it avoids long distance driving
- No hassles of check posts/toll gates etc
- Seamless inter-operability between roadways & railways-Inter-modal transport on existing track
- Ensuring uninterrupted supply of essential commodities
- Free time for loading/ unloading is 3 hours
- Provides link between agriculture producing regions and agro consumption centres
- Connects and Balances the commodity deficient and surplus markets.