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Rlys SFTO scheme for goods transportation

Rlys SFTO scheme for goods transportation

ALLAHABAD: Indian Railways has launched a Special Freight Train Operator (SFTO) scheme to facilitate private players to invest in wagons and earn profits through transportation of commodities. Through this scheme, operator would privately own the freight train for transportation of identified commodities.

The objective of this scheme is to increase the share of railways in transportation of non conventional traffic in high capacity and special purpose wagons, thereby increasing commodity base of rail traffic. This will facilitate induction of better design of wagons to increase throughput per train. This policy provides an opportunity to logistics service providers or manufacturers to invest in wagons and use advantages of rail transport to tie up with end users and market in train services owned by them for rail transportation of selected commodity which would be beneficial for railways private players.

In this connection, GD Brahma, executive director of freight marketing in Indian Railways has written letters to chief commercial managers and chief mechanical engineers of all the zonal railways including North Central Railway apprising them about the scheme.

Special Freight Train Operator will operate between private terminals equipped to handle SPW (Special Purpose Wagons) for which SFTO must have a tie-up with such private terminals or own its private terminals/sidings for handling of such trains. The commodities which would be transported through SFTO have been divided into four categories. In the fist category, there are bulk fertilisers, bulk cement and fly ash. In the second category, there are bulk chemicals and petrochemicals (excluding petroleum products like naphtha, aviation turbine fuel, high speed diesel, kerosene oil, petrol, black oil, LPG) and bulk alumina. In the third category are the steel products requiring specially designed wagons and in the last category there are molasses, edible oil and caustic soda.

The SFTO scheme has diverse facets. This included that trains purchased under SFT scheme will not be merged in the wagon pool of Indian Railways. Rakes comprising of such wagons will be identified as exclusively belonging to the SFTO who has procured them. Since the rebate will be applicable on the specific rakes for a specific period, each rake will have separate identification with date of commercial commissioning.

The SFTO will have a tie up with the end-users for marketing and arranging traffic. As far as the Indian Railway’s liability is concerned, the SFTO will be the Consignor and Consignee for the consignment for which Railway receipts will be issued by railway commercial staff posted at the terminal.

The SFTO will develop its own terminal or tie up with private sidings/terminals as per extant rule for loading/unloading of traffic moved in SFT. In case of tie up with other private terminals, the SFTO shall submit a copy of agreement to this effect with the private terminal operator for such movement to the concerned Zonal Railways. Indents for loading in such trains will be placed at the nominated loading point/terminals for the nominated destination point.

The rakes may be used by IR for traffic offered by customers other than the SFTO subject to a prior mutual written agreement between IR and such SFTO. To ensure a level plying field, IR shall move the trains of SFTO on the basis of “first come first served principle” without giving any undue preference to any particular operators.

However, railway administration would also make all efforts to ensure minimum enroute detention to the SFTO trains and strive to achieve the average speed of freight trains in respect of transit time of SFTO’s trains.

Freight Operation Information System (FOIS) of Indian Railways shall also cater to the requirements of the operator for an integrated management and operations information service and the operator shall provide all relevant data as required by FOIS and shall be given `read only’ access to this system on payment of reasonable cost.

The operator would charge his customers for rail haulage, terminal handling, ground rent on a market determined basis and railways shall not exercise any control over such pricing.

There would be no demurrage charges by the Railways, but the Railways shall levy stapling charges as per the rates notified from time to time in case rolling stock belonging to the operator is stabled on account of the SFTO on Indian Railways network.

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PME Due Date

Master Circular No. 25

Copy of Railway Board’s letter No. 69/H/3/11 dated 06.12.1974

Subject: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Visual Sub-Committee.

6. Periodical re-examination of serving Railway Employees:

6.l. In order to ensure the continued ability of Railway employees in Classes A l, A 2, A 3, B l and B 2 to discharge their duties with safety, they will be required to appear for re-examination at the following stated intervals throughout their service as indicated below:

6.1.1. Classes A l, A 2 and A 3 —At the termination of every period of three years, calculated from the date of appointment until they attain the age of 45 years, and thereafter annually until the conclusion of their service.

Note: (l) The staff in categories A l, A 2 and A 3 should be sent for special medical examination in the interest of safety under the following circumstances unless they have been under the treatment of a Railway Medical Officer.

(a) Having undergone any treatment or operation for eye trouble irrespective of the duration of sickness.

(b) Absence from duty for a period in excess of 90 days.

(2) If any employee in medical category A has been periodically medically examined at any time within one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held one year from the due date of the last medical examination and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

If, however, such an employee has been medically examined, at any time earlier, than one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held on the date he attains the age of 45 and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

Ammendment: It was ammended in 1993 as below

Age Group PME Due

Age 00-45 every 4yrs

Age 45-55 every 2yrs

Age 55-60 every year
As per Rly Bd's Guideline of Medical Exam issued vide LNo. 88/H/5/12 dated 24-01-1993

a) PME would be done at the termination of every period of 4 years from date of appointment / Initial medical Exam till the date of attainment of age of 45 years, every 2 years upto 55 years & there after annual till retirement.
b) Employees who has been periodically examined at any time within 2years prior to his attaining the age of 45years would be examined after 2years from the date of last PME & subsequent PME for every 2years upto 55years age.Of

NRMU 4 you

6.1.2. Classes B-1 and B-2—On attaining the age of 45 years, and thereafter at the termination of every period of five years.