Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu recently inaugurated the demonstration run of Ro-Ro (Roll on – Roll off) service across the National Capital Region. The initiative is meant to promote ‘ Green Transportation’ by reducing road congestion.
In the Railway Budget for 2016-17, Minister of Railways had announced that an Action Plan will be developed and implemented to expand the freight basket through either Containerization or new delivery models. RORO services in Delhi/NCR is a step in that direction. The initiative has been set afoot after taking into the consideration that thhere are 127 entry/exit points for NCR region. 9 major entry/exit points criss-crossing the region account for 75% of the commercial light and heavy duty trucks. Everyday around 66,000 trucks enter Delhi. Out of these around 38% i.e. 25000 in number are heavy trucks, of which around 60% i.e. 15000 in number are not destined for the Capital. According to a ministry release, this model would ensure reduction in queues at the entry points and saving considerable amount of time besides providing adequate rest to truck drivers during Ro-Ro run. It would also substantially reduce the air pollution across NCR, which causes severe health hazards.