The Western Railway will develop an integrated freight network at Surat and nearby smaller railway stations. It is targeting the city’s textile industry for goods transport business.

The Western Railway (WR) will develop an integrated freight network at the city and nearby smaller railway stations. It is targeting the city’s textile industry for goods transport business for which facilities will be developed at these smaller railway stations.

The announcement was made by GVL Satya Kumar, divisional railway manager, WR on Monday. Kumar was in the city to inspect the development work at the city’s railway station. It was his first visit to Surat railway station since Surat MP Darshana Jardosh became union minister of state for railways.
“We have handled around 70,000 tonne of textile goods from the city. However, railways are getting around 5% of total goods transported,” said Kumar.

“We are working on increasing our business in transporting textile goods from Surat. Railways will improve freight facilities at smaller railway stations like Gangadhara, Udhna, Bardoli and Chalthan for that purpose,” Kumar added.
Railway authorities are planning to get the goods delivered at these stations where textile production clusters are currently located. This will also reduce movement of transport vehicles within the city limits, explained railway officials.
“Railway transport has always been a beneficial option in terms of cost, but we have to depend upon road transport for delivery at destinations. Railway can take goods up to a railway station, mostly a city, but there is no facility for transporting the material from railway station in a city to nearby town,” said Manoj Agarwal, president, Federation Of Surat Textile Traders Association (FOSTTA).

In a recent meeting with railway officials, FOSTTA discussed these transportation issues and requested the railway to provide last mile connectivity.

Meanwhile, to curb the smuggling of liquor in trains the railways will strengthen is CCTV network in and around the Surat railway station. Currently, the railway station has a network of 40 CCTV cameras. Railway officials said that 86 more CCTV cameras will be added by the end of August.

Source : Times of India