“Honouring the commitment made by Hon”™ble Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu at Agartala on 31 st July to help the state of Tripura, reeling under a fuel crisis owing to deplorable condition of the road connecting the land-locked state with rest of the country, the Northeast Frontier Railway started the first-ever Roll On Roll Off (RoRo) service of POL (petroleum, oil and lubricants) in Indian Railways to carry loaded trucks on flat-wagon goods train to the state.
In the first of the POL RoRo service consisting 30 DBKM (flat bedded) wagons with each having a capacity to carry two loaded trucks were placed at Bhanga near Badarpur in Assam. Tanker trucks were loaded on these by means of an end-loading ramp. The trucks were securely fixed on the wagon floor to ensure safety during movement. The RoRo train left Bhanga at 11.00 hrs to reach Churaibari in Tripura 44 km away.
The road connecting Tripura with Assam has been in very poor shape creating serious bottleneck in transportation of commodities including fuel into Tripura. This had resulted in serious fuel crisis in Tripura. The Hon”™ble Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu had in public meeting on 31 st July promised to take steps to bring in fuel-carrying trucks to the state using newly-laid broad gauge railway tracks to the state capital ““ Agartala. The RoRo scheme introduced by the Railways will help the loaded trucks to piggyback on goods train bypassing the damaged national highway near Churaibari. This will bring much relief to the common man in Tripura.
The RoRo service, first introduced in Konkan Railway in 1999, is being introduced in N. F. Railway for carrying POL for the first time. Although military movement have been done in the past on flat wagons, this is for the first time that commercial goods movement is being done by RoRo mode. The road condition in remote areas often gets affected during inclement weather in NE and RoRo will prove to be a novel means to help continue supply lines in times of crisis. The service is designed to provide connectivity to loaded road vehicles where road connectivity is poor or does not exist. This service is economical, helps in reducing carbon emission and reduces traffic on roads.”
(This post has been taken from the official facebook page of Ministry of Railways)