Time Tabled Auto Express caters for the transportation needs of the auto industry as Railways seeks to gather credibility and market share in automobile traffic
Indian Railways has launched today the time tabled Auto Express from Gurgaon to Nidvanda. The state-owned enterprise targets one fourth of the rail market share in automobile traffic with the quick and on-time deliveries of cargo from one place to another. As the automotive industry is growing in no time just like the Indian population, the growing economy in the sector has to be fully squeezed out and railways are trying to do just that.
In a bid to sweep the major source of revenue, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said the cargo delivery at the stipulated time interval is pivotal in a video conference after inaugurating the auto freight from Gurgaon to Nidvanda in Bangalore. He also expressed that it is highly significantly to stand by the credibility of auto industry by delivering automobiles at the right time on consistent basis.
At the current rate, approximately 2,000 cars are being every month between Gurgaon and Nidavanda. The freight train’s time tabled run for automobile traffic, the overall volume is more likely to improve by 300 per cent, that is 6,000 cars per month being moved with increased number of journeys.
Mohd Jamshed, Railway Board Member, said the Auto Express follows the earlier unveil of the time-tabled Cargo Express for assuring swift automobile traffic. The train duration has also been decreased from 70 hours to 57 hours courtesy of the increase in speed of these wagons as they can run 100 kilometres per hour. He also commented that quality service will be ensured as the regular running is scheduled as per requirements.
To avoid train collisions, derailment and accidents on unmanned crossings the Indian Railways has also introduced ‘Tri-Netra’ which is a device that alerts the drivers of any physical obstacles on train’s path. It uses infra-red to detect signals up to 2-3 kilometres and display the information on the screen fitted for the viewing of the driver.
Besides that the first Tejas Express called as common man’s ‘golden chariot’ will be launched soon with integrated braille displays, WiFi connectivity and advanced entertainment systems.