Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL), India’s largest car maker, will begin transporting cars to remote areas in western, eastern and north-eastern India via the Indian Railway system.
This move comes just a few days after the company announced movement of vehicles from its Gurgaon factory to Varanasi via a roll on roll off vehicle. VV Giri, a roll on roll off inland vehicle set sail from Aghoreshwar Bhagwan Ram Ghat in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh to Haldia in West Bengal. The vehicle covered a distance of 1,275 kms with cargo of 24 Alto and Celerio cars.
As of today, Maruti transports just 5% of their cars produced via railways. The company seeks to augment this mode of transport and extend their reach to remote areas of the country. MSIL loads auto wagon rakes at Gurgaon railway station from where they make their way to Mundra in Gujarat and Bangalore in Karnataka going on further by road to various company dealerships.
MSIL has invested INR 50 crores in the development of 3 flexi deck auto wagon rakes with Railways Research Design and Standard Organization for transportation of vehicles. The company has also obtained automobile freight train operator license from the railways thus making it the first automotive company to receive the same.
This license will allow MSIL to operate auto wagon rails, thus drastically reducing time taken for transporting cars. The flexi deck auto wagon rake will be able to transport 318 cars at one time, moving at a speed of 95 kmph as against 65 kmph seen on existing rakes.