Solapur: ‘Roll On Roll Off’ (RORO) rail service has been started between Nelamangla in Bengaluru and Solapur. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa flagged off the first service, via videoconferencing. The Railway Ministry approved this project in May. Agricultural produce, chemicals and goods from other sectors will be transported through this service. A few days ago, the railway started Kisan Railway for the benefit of the farmers to reach their produce to different parts of the country. The scheme also is receiving a very good response.
The first RORO service was started on the Konkan railway route. The service Nelamagala to Solapur will be run on an experimental basis. After the success of the project, services are proposed to be started on the Central, South Central and South Western railway. Loaded Trucks will be transported in empty wagons in the RORO service. These trucks will be offloaded at the destination. One RORO service can carry 43 trucks. This will result in saving of time and fuel.
The Nelamagala-Solapur track can carry a load of up to 1,260 tonnes. Each truck or lorry is permitted to carry a load of 30 tonnes. The truck driver and one more person will be allowed to travel with the truck. Both these people will have to buy second class tickets for the journey.
The charges of ₹2,700/ per tonne will be applicable for the service. The RORO service will be convenient, economical and environmentally friendly transportation of goods. Currently, this RORO service will operate between Nelamagala and Solapur, twice a week and every trip will be six days.