A senior railway official told FE that Steel Authority of India (SAIL), one of the largest steel producing companies in India, is the first corporate giant to have availed of this facility. SAIL has utilized the online system of the Indian Railways for monitoring the movement of its incoming and outgoing rail freight traffic.
The new website, the official added, is a step forward in logistics management. The system will improve synergy between the loading and receiving points by providing real time information to users at the click of a button. This system would also help the corporate customers for advance planning of rail borne transportation needs, he added.
Elaborating on the system, the official said that the website enable the customer to track the movement of incoming raw material loaded in wagons/trains right from the time the goods are loaded on to rake. Similarly, the customer can track the movement of finished products from plants to stockyards or customers, their pipeline position, freight payment details, wagon status, detention etc.
The official further noted that the website is backed by very strong information collection system and is primarily linked to the Freight Operations Information System (FOIS). Both the FOIS and the website are linked to the terminals at all the railway stations. The information is keyed in at these terminals on real time basis and immediately updated on the website.
The customer who has booked a rake has to just key in few details such as invoice number, date of booking and can get location of the rake booked by him, he added. The facility will be of great use for the customers who book goods over Indian Railways.
The customers would be saved of the trouble of personally visiting the stations/goods sheds for inquiring about their rake.