Strengthen railways infra to boost goods transportation, says Pune DRM
According to Deouskar, the Pune division is yet to achieve its complete potential with regards to goods transportation.Updated: May 02, 2019, 14:46 IST
A number of challenges need to be met before goods can be transported efficiently through the railways network, Milind Deouskar, Pune divisional railway manager (DRM) said.
He was speaking as the chief guest to mark the concluding event of the ‘Materials Management’ week observed by the Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM) on April 27.
Deouskar said that although the government has started working in a less bureaucratic way, the railways need to strengthen their infrastructure further to promote the supply chain model. “Currently, 175 passenger trains and only 50 goods trains ply from the Pune division,” he said.
According to Deouskar, the Pune division is yet to achieve its complete potential with regards to goods transportation.
“One of the major reasons for the low number of goods train in the Indian railways is the speed at which the goods get transported. We need to further improve the rail track infrastructure which can help us boost the number of trains, thus, increasing speed simultaneously,” he said. Without speed of transportation, the entire supply chain would be affected, he noted.
Another constraint is the high number of non-remunerative trains which constraints cargo operations from Pune station.
“Even for short distances, we have to operate non-remunerative trains; consequently, the number of goods train from the Pune railway station is less, thus resulting into lesser transportation of goods. Because of these trains, we are not able to run more good trains,” he said.
The senior railways official noted that Indian Railways has one of the biggest networks which has inherited a British legacy which is very complex. However, it is running successfully. The weak areas need major improvement and the Indian railways is working on it, he said.
He said to execute a proper supply chain model, proper infrastructure would be required.
The DRM spoke of the initiatives that have been undertaken by the Pune division such as yard remodelling, integration of the foot over bridges at the station to the metro station to facilitate passengers.
He highlighted the cleanliness at the Pune railway station achieved through specific measures over the years.
KR Nair, former chairman IIMM, delivered the vote of thanks and said that the IIMM was trying to understand the supply chain model of Indian railways.
The Pune chapter of IIMM, under the chairmanship of Amit Borkar celebrated ‘Materials Management Week’ from April 23 to April 27 by organising various programmes and discussions around innovations and trends on supply chain.
Talk by Satish Kalokhe, President, Quality Circle Forum of India (Mumbai), an industrial visit to KHS Logistics Pvt Ltd, Chakan and MBM Automation and Robotics Pvt Ltd, Bhosari, were among the events organised to mark the occasion.