B S Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka and Suresh C. Angadi, Minister of State of Railways today flagged off first-ever RORO service of South Western Railway from Nelamangla (near Bengaluru) to Bale (near Solapur)
August 30, Karnataka: B S Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka said-
Our beloved Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji is emphasizing on Multimodal connectivity. APMC Markets in the region offer tremendous scope for RORO
He congratulated Shri Suresh C. Angadi, Minister of State of Railways for taking lead in the initiative and assured full cooperation from State Government.
RORO services are a combination of best features of road and rail transports in the sense that they offer door to door service with minimal handling transported by fat and direct rail link. Road transport has the 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.
Advantages of RO-RO :
Roll-on-Roll-off is a multimodal delivery model with the 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 the 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 an uninterrupted supply of essential commodities
Free time for loading/ unloading is 3 hours
Ro-RO will be a reckoning force in "vocal for local" –
Will boost our local MSME units by encouraging piecemeal /decentralized loading through trucks.
RO-RO will help government initiatives like "operation green" to stabilize prices of TOP(tomato, potato and Onion)
Provides a link between agriculture producing regions and agro consumption centres
Ensures farmers get the right market and right price for their produce
Connects and Balances the commodity deficient and surplus markets