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By S. Vydhianathan
Trucks being transported on a train in a section of the Konkan Railway. - Photo: V. Ganesan
The trucks are "rolled on" to the wagons, known as flats, at Kolad and at Verna. The drivers travel in the train and take delivery of the trucks at the destinations.
According to D.G. Diwate, Director (Way & Works) of the KRC, one service is being operated daily in both directions and each train carries up to 28 trucks. The response has been overwhelming and now the operators have to book in advance to utilise the facility. Mostly building materials are being transported thus. Truck operators get to optimise fleet utilisation and achieve faster turnaround. The KRC wrote to various railway zones suggesting similar services, but the response has been lukewarm.
In the last financial year, the KRC earned a revenue of Rs. 7.53 crores.
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