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Lalu to flag off double stack container carriage tomorrow

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Jaipur, Mar 22 (UNI) Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad will flag off India's first double stack container carriage from Kanakpur station near here tomorrow.

The carriage with 180 containers and a height of 6.5 metres will carry machinery parts and handicraft items and head for Pipabao port in Gujarat. The items are for European markets, informed Mr S B Bhattacharya, General Manager, North-Western Railways at a press meet today.

This route is a non-electrified one and has been tested and tried before the actual run, beginning tomorrow. With the beginning of double stack carriage, the capacity in container trains will increase to 2,500 tonnes. The capacity earlier was 1,500 tonnes.

With operating costs reduced by 25 per cent, the utilisation will increase by 48 per cent. Also the evacuation of containers at the ports will be faster at the ports thus reducing the work time.

Mr Bhattacharya said the current rail share of container traffic is 22 per cent and is steadily growing at a rate of 17 per cent annually. A large portion of container traffic also moves on road.

Till now Railways' only public sector unit Concorde was the only company dealing in container service. Now 14 other private operators have been shortlisted who can operate in this sector.

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