Minister of Railways – TRIAL RUN OF DOUBLE STACK DWARF CONTAINERS
• In the Railway Budget for 2016-17, Minister of Railways has announced that an Action Plan will be developed and implemented to expand the freight basket and recapture the traffic through either Containerization or New Delivery Models.
• Double Stack Dwarf Container Train is one such Innovative Delivery Model.
• Double Stack Dwarf Containers are designed with 6 feet 4 inches height to run under wire for maximum throughput with increased loadability.
• The overhead electric equipment in electrified territories on the Indian Railways acts as infringements to proliferation of ISO double stack containers (with conventional height of 8.5 ft and 9.5 ft.) on electrified section. All important routes are electrified.
• A single stack ISO 40 feet container has loadability of around 32 tonnes which can be increased to around 54 tonnes in Double Stack Dwarf Containers on electrified sections. Hence, the load-ability per BLC wagon can be increased by more than 55% by using this delivery model.
• In a BLC rake, 90 TEUs of conventional containers can be transported under wire while through dwarf containers, 180 TEUs can be transported in a BLC rake.
• The concept has been received with excitement by various groups of customers transporting commodities with low- weight- volume ratio.
• A preliminary trial run of Double Stack Dwarf Containers was undertaken in Jan 2017. After ensuring removal of Infrastructure constraints, a confirmatory trial run is being launched today, i.e. on 2nd March, 2017 by Minister of Railways between Ambala and Jamnagar (with run from Ambala to Ludhiana under wire) after which commercial runs will be started.
• The load-ability per BLC wagon under wire would increase by more than 55% thereby increasing throughput.
• Per unit cost of transportation would come down. Beneficial to commodities with low weight- volume ratio.
• The model envisages procurement of BLC rakes and development of Dwarf Containers by Container Train Operators and other stakeholders.
• Indian Railways is likely to regain lost modal share and capture new traffic in domestic segment like Petchem products such as Low Density/High Density Polyethylene, Plastic granules, white goods, PVC and Polyester fabric etc.
• Likely to attract additional traffic of around 3 Million tonnes in the initial year.
Source : PIB