Aiming to achieve a modal share of 20 percent by the end of 2021-22 and 30 percent by 2023-24 in transportation of automobiles, Union Minister for Railways, Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs and Food & Public Distribution Piyush Goyal has met the automobile industry leaders, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and others. The minister asked them to partner with Indian Railways to facilitate transportation of automobiles.
At the meeting, Goyal highlighted the government’s steps to facilitate automobile loading in the railways. In the past six months, amid the COVID-19 lockdown, Indian Railways has loaded 836 rakes of automobiles against 731 rakes in the previous year.
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While in 2013-14, the total loading of automobiles through the railways was only 429 rakes, which increased to 1,595 rakes in 2019-20.