Bangalore (Metro Rail News): The proposed ‘Roll On Roll Off’ (RORO) train between Bengaluru and Solapur in Maharashtra consisting of the open flat wagon on which trucks with goods are loaded is scheduled to start from Sunday, the South Western Railway said in a statement. In a statement, the SWR said Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will flag off the RORO train from Nelamagala station on the city outskirts at 9:15 am on Sunday.
He will be accompanied by Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi, State Revenue Minister R Ashoka and senior Railway officials. The SWR said, “The driver and cleaner of the lorries sit in their vehicles. They are dropped at a particular pointfrom which they drive off.”
As many as 42 trucks with goods can be carried at time in this train. The train will run via Dharmavaram, Guntakal, Raichurand Wadi to reach Bale near Solapur in Maharashtra.
According to SWR, the RORO service reduces accidents on the road, improves safety, saves fuel, and foreignexchange. It ensures faster transport of essential goods, perishables, food items and smaller cargo, it said.
While it facilitates large-scale movement of goods and reduces pollution, the cost of transport is lesser than transport by road.