Indian Railways and Maruti Suzuki India Limited recently flagged off a new high-capacity railway rake (technically called BCACBM) in Gurgaon.
Mr. Arunendra Kumar, Chairman, Railway Board and Mr. R.C. Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, jointly flagged of the country’s 1st Flexi Deck Auto-Wagon rake from Gurgaon railway station. Mr. D.P. Pande, Member (Traffic), Railway Board was joined by Maruti Suzuki’s Managing Director & CEO, Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa and Mr. M.M. Singh, Chief Operating Officer (Production), Maruti Suzuki. Several dignitaries from Indian Railways and top management officials from Maruti Suzuki also graced the occasion.
The ‘Flexi deck auto-wagon rake’ designed by Indian Railway’s Research Design and Standards Organization has 20 per cent additional capacity (318 cars) as compared to the current twin-decker rakes (265 cars), used for rail transportation. The new rake, with its height adjustable middle-deck is highly flexible and can transport vehicles of multiple dimensions. The new rake can move at speed of upto 95 km per hour as compared to 65 km per hour of the existing rakes. The new rake can travel between Gurgaon and Bangalore in around 5 days as compared to 7 days by road transportation. Transporting cars by new `Flexi deck auto-wagon rake’ will lead to reduction in carbon emission making it more environment friendly.
The 1st Flexi deck auto-wagon rake consisting of 27 wagons chugged off to Nidavanda, Bangalore from Gurgaon carrying a mixed load of Maruti Suzuki cars including Swift, Dzire, Alto, Wagon R and Omni.
On the occasion of the flag off, Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki said, “We are delighted to have initiated this contemporary mode of transport to the Indian automobile industry. Indian Railways deserves all the credit for their foresight and tremendous enthusiasm and co-operation to make this initiative move from a concept to reality within a short span of around 36 months.”
On the occasion Mr. M.M. Singh, Chief Operating Officer (Production), Maruti Suzuki said, “The induction of ‘flexi deck auto-wagon rake’ will start a new chapter in automotive logistics in the country. Trains are one of the fastest, safest and eco-friendly modes of transportation. With these newly designed rakes we have been able to increase the load carrying capacity along with a high flexibility to cater to a variety of vehicle dimensions. We are happy that Indian Railways supported the initiative of Maruti Suzuki to enhance the country’s transportation infrastructure.”