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RORO service again on Konkan Railway

Our Bureau

Mangalore , June 11

THE "Roll-On Roll-Off" (RORO) service between Maharashtra and Mangalore will be reintroduced on the Konkan Railway network on June 15.

The service was discontinued after running for a brief period during 1999.

Addressing the members of Truck Owners' Association at Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) in Mangalore on Thursday , Mr Manish Shah, partner of Manish Transport Company, Mumbai, said that his company has been appointed the service provider for Konkan Railway's "RORO" service between Kolad in Raigad district of Maharashtra and Surathkal in Mangalore.

In this, the loaded truck will roll on to the wagon at Kolad and roll off at Surathkal and vice versa. Mr Shah said that trucks would cover nearly 900 km on railway wagon without actually running. It is an alternate-day service for the customers of Mangalore, he said. The service will be flagged off at Kolad on June 15 and in Surathkal on June 16.

There will be a 72-seat coach in the train for drivers and cleaners of the trucks. At present, 35 trucks can be accommodated in every RORO service. Each truck on the wagon would have insurance cover for Rs 5 lakh, he added.

The KCCI President, Mr R.D. Kini, said that RORO service would help reduce the travelling time from 72 hours to 18 hours between these two destinations.

The former President of KCCI, Mr Giridhar Prabhu, who presided over the function, said that RORO service is the integration of road and railway transport system, and the consumer will gain from this service.

The President of Lorry Owners' Association, Mr Sanjeeva Shetty, was present on the occasion.

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