Rail meet to address logistics needs

Railway Board chairman KC Jena held a high level meeting on Saturday here to discuss a detailed plan being prepared by the Indian Railways
to address the fast growing logistics needs- both for passenger and freight services- in the Greater Kolkata metropolitan area.

The plan, which is perhaps the first of its kind being tried out by the Railways’ system to tackle fast growing needs of Kolkata and its suburban area, essentially revolves around an integrated approach by Eastern (ER), South Eastern (SER) and Metro Railway to tackle the demanding transportation needs of the area over the next 15-20 years.

The meeting was attended by Deepak Krishan, General Manager, Eastern Railway, AKJain, General Manager, South Eastern Raiway and VN Tripathi, General Manager, Metro Railway and principal head of departments of all the three Railways based in Kolkata.

“A detailed and holistic plan is being worked out encompassing all the three railways, namely ER, SER and Metro to identify the needs of the greater Kolkata region. We are in the process of shortlisting a consultant who will help us prepare the blueprint for its execution,” a top Railway official told ET.

The Railways’ technical services arm, RITES, is likely to be one of the agencies shortlisted for the consultancy. “A decision on the appointment of the consultant is expected shortly. We will have to decide whether it is through an open tender or through a single tender, he added.

“We have decided on the terms of reference for the job and have completed an internal study to make a detailed assessment of the number of passengers and freight customers as well as the number of freight terminals in and around Kolkata. This will help us understand the need to either relocate or augment these terminals to meet future needs,” the official said.

The plan will be worked out with other key agencies involved in growth and development of the city namely, Kolkata Metropolitan Development Agency (KMDA).

The meeting also reviewed the performance of the three railways and also discussed the launch of Metro Railways’ extended services upto Garia. The service in that stretch is likely to operational by end of March 2009.

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