Delhi: With the Railways deciding to levy a two per
cent surcharge on freight as development charge effective
from July 1 freight rates are expected to go up.
the Railways has also decided to levy a terminal handling
charge of Rs10 per tonne per terminal from 1 July.
terminal charges will be levied for bulk and loose traffic
on terminals and sidings owned by the Railways only -
so the terminals owned by customers would not attract
load and unloading of goods at terminals would attract
Rs10 surcharge each.
charges will be levied on loading and unloading terminals
independently and separately on the basis of chargeable
weight at the time of issue of railway receipt said the
Railways in an order.
a customer books 3,600 tonnes of coal from a private siding
to a goods shed, the firm would have to pay Rs36,000 as
terminal charge. But if the same traffic is to be moved
between two goods sheds owned by the Railways, the customer
would have to pay Rs36,000 as terminal charge for each
terminal - totalling Rs72,000.
if the traffic moves between two private sidings, no terminal
charge will be levied.
the Railways aiming to load 785 million tonnes of goods
in 2007-08, it could earn over Rs1,400 crore through these
charges, said Ministry officials.
levying the two per cent surcharge, the Railways has spared
the companies with whom it has already entered into long-term
contracts - allowing them to use parcel and luggage vans
on lease till the contract period ends.