The South Central Railway (SCR) loaded the first fly ash squadron from the Vijayawada Division to the Cochin Habour Terminus in Kerala on Tuesday. Approximately 42 BRN wagons (flat rakes) were loaded with a capacity of 2,627 tons and brought cargo of approximately £ 17 lakh.
The fly ash used by cement companies to make Portland cement concrete was loaded from the Padugupadu warehouse in Nellore by Nouka Build Solutions Private Limited.
Fly ash is usually transported in bulk by covered wagons. After continuous negotiations by the trading team at field level, however, the company has agreed to load the fly ash packed in jumbo sacks with a load of 2.45 tons each onto flat racks.
The Business Development Unit (BDU) recently established in the Vijayawada Division has made ongoing efforts to grow the division’s rail freight revenues.
In August 2020, the railway authority introduced a discount of 40 percent on the normal tariff rates (NTR) for freight customers who load the fly ash either in bags or in bulk.
Vijayawada Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) P. Srinivas congratulated Senior Divisional Commercial Manager P. Bhaskar Reddy and his team on introducing the new traffic and revenue stream for SCR.