The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in cooperation with the Railway Ministry and the Container Corporation of India will launch a project to promote use of cargo rail transportation on 20 January. The rail services in addition to being eco-friendly will also be competitive to truck transport.
Announcing this Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu of Japan said the Japanese government, assisting India on development of high speed railway and dedicated freight corridor, believes that it is necessary to help increase use of cargo rail transportation in the existing railway network which is one of the longest in the world. Shippers usually prefer truck services for cargo transport which cause environmental problems like hazardous emissions.
The operation to be launched on 20 January between Delhi and Bangalore is the first step to shift cargo transportation to eco-friendly rail services, more so for long haul cargo. Train transportation is safer than trucking.
The operations will be handled by Nippon Express Company of Japan which is offering a special discounted price for the trial run.