Rajkot division of Western Railways transports industrial salt through freight train for the first time


In a first, Indian Railways’ Rajkot division, which falls under the Western Railway zone has flagged off its first goods train carrying industrial salt of 3,882 tonnes, in bulk form Wavaniya railway station near Maliya in Morbi district, reports Financial Express.

A total of 3,882 tonnes of industrial salt was loaded by the national transporter in 58 open wagons. With the help of this train, the salt with be transported to Renukut, 1,588 kilometres away, according to an Indian Express report.

Rajkot-based Jaydeep Chem Food Private Limited loaded the salt for delivery to Grasim Industries Limited. It is estimated to earn the Rajkot division a freight revenue of Rs 60.27 lakh. Other than Wavaniya, the Rajkot division of Western Railways has also loaded salt from Lavanpur and edible salt from Mithapur, located in Devbhoomi Dwarka district, the report added.

Industrial salt is used for setting the dye in fabric and is used to produce glass, polyester, plastics and leather as well as in the chemical industry. Industrial salt also assists in cleaning gas and oil wells and is an essential component in the manufacture of paper, tires, brass, bleach and case-hardened steel. This salt is also part of the caustic soda and chloralkali processes. Industrial salts are often purchased in bulk and in various levels of purity depending on the application.

According to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, this is the beginning of a new traffic stream. The new traffic stream will pave the way for swift, convenient, along with cost-effective transportation of varied freight, he stated.

Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Rajkot, Parmeshwar Funkwal was quoted in the Indian Express report saying that so far, the national transporter used to transport industrial salt but only in packed form. This is the first time, bulk loading was carried out. Simultaneously, industrial salt was also reclassified under the goods’ category 110-A instead of its previous classification, falling in category 120. The reclassification allows cost-effective bulk loading of salt and reduces freight rate by around 20%.

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