Delhi: Railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has announced concessions in freight
and loading of coal, steel, cement, fertilisers and food grains. Yadav hopes freight
cost reductions would help increase booking volumes.
a meeting with representatives of industries yesterday, he said, "To carry
on the good progress, we have to concentrate more on commerce and trade, as most
of our earnings come from freight from cement, steel, minerals, steel, fertilizers
and consumer items."
the indefinite postponement of a 10-per cent surcharge on cement bookings, Yadav
said the waiver would help ease flow of raw materials for heavy industry to improve
have postponed the 10-per cent surcharge put on cement freight on two-point rakes.
The measures have come through interaction with representatives of traders, the
basic idea being mutual profit," he said.
administrative bodies would compulsorily take specific decisions on freight discount
within two months, he promised.
minister also announced complaints redressal camps to handle claims
and refunds at zonal levels in the first week of every quarter.
Railway Ministry release said it hoped to increase share in cement and steel transportation
to 200 million tonnes by 2012.
railways earned a revenue surplus of Rs13,000 crore in FY 2006-2007.