New Delhi: Conceding to the market demand, railways have decided to reduce the haulage charges from April one in container traffic to spur growth in the rail-based container movement.
    
The national transporter has also decided to allow 25 percent concession in the haulage rate for containerized fruits and vegetables traffic sponsored by Agriculture Ministry or National Horticulture Board.
    
The decision comes at a time when the growth in container traffic is stunted both in domestic and international market.
    
The haulage rate has been reduced by 5 percent in the category of 10 ton to 20 ton loaded containers, while the charges in empty and flat containers in the 20 ton slab has been decreased by 13 percent, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
    
He said the 25 percent concession in containerized fruits and vegetable traffic has taken effect from March 15 and is valid upto March next year.
    
The decision to rationalize the haulage charges was taken following the series of meetings with the container train operators who were not happy with the prevailing rates.
    
"Railways has decided to rationalize haulage charges for containers transported by rail in privately owned wagons and the resultant reduction in haulage charges is expected to catalyze rail-borne container traffic at a time when growth, both globally and domestically is stunted," the official said.
    
In the wake of slow economic growth both domestically as well as globally, it is expected that the reduction in haulage rates would help container train operators as well as increasing traffic volumes for railways.

(Agencies)

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