Ambala Division operated the Rake of Fly Ash from Bhatinda to Roopnagar
On Northern Railway, the first-ever fly ash rake from Bhatinda to Roopnagar left for its destination on 30.08.2020 . Thus creating history, an entirely new stream of “fly ash” traffic has been started by Ambala division when 4060 tonnes of hydrated fly ash has been loaded in BOXN wagons from Bhatinda to Roopnagar. With this, the Northern Railways has succeeded in making inroads into a territory which was earlier dependent heavily on roadways.
Fly ash is an input used by cement companies for manufacturing PCC (Portland Cement Concrete), which disposes of the substance in an environment-friendly way. Railways had introduced a policy rebate of concession on the Normal Tariff Rates (NTR) for freight customers loading fly ash either in bagged or loose condition through open wagons. The BDU of Ambala Division seized the opportunity by convincing its existing clientele to make use of the rail network. The second rake laden with fly ash that chugged out on10.09.2020 Thursday made use of the tariff rebate. Business Development Unit (BDU) of Ambala Division brought more business into its freight basket by explaining the prospective clients about the benefits of using the rail mode.
The move is seen as a win-win situation as it benefits the client in the form of reduced tariff and churns more revenue for the railways, apart from providing an eco-friendly way of transporting fly ash.
General Manager Northern & North Central Railways, Sh. Rajiv Chaudhry complimented the Ambala Division for initiating this new stream of traffic and also suggested to other Divisions and BDUs to focus on tapping new business in freight.