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Konkan Railways adds new RO-RO route between Verna-Surathkal
Mumbai | Friday, Jun 5 2009 IST
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Konkan Railway (KRCL) has started its new Roll-on Roll-off (RO-RO) train service between Verna (near Goa) and Surathkal (near Mangalore). Duration for covering the 305 km line will be 12 hrs for Kolad-Verna, 20 hrs for Kolad-Surathkal, and five hrs for Verna-Surathkal. The alternative route by road between the two destinations by road would take about 24 hrs, 40 hrs, and 10 hrs respectively, a statement said here today.

KRCL operates two other RO-RO services - a 417 km service between Kolad (145 km from Mumbai) and Verna - and a second 721 km service between Kolad and Surathkal. Under the RO-RO service, loaded goods trucks are carried piggy back on rail flats. The service is being run only on Konkan Railway. Road transporters save on diesel, maintenance and wear and tear of their vehicles. The service also decongests the National Highway and is cheaper and more eco-friendly than the road transport, KRCL said.

KRCL has transported more than 1,60,000 trucks and has earned over Rs 120 cr since its inception in 1999.

The Verna-Surathkal service started on June 1.

-- (UNI) -- 05BY10.xml

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