Bhubaneswar: In a bid to facilitate freight customers for timely delivery of goods through freight trains, the railways authorities have launched a premium indent policy by which the freight customers will get priority for allocation of rake under the premium indent policy. Freight customers will be required to pay five per cent premium on the normal freight charges which will be deposited in advance. If the rake is supplied later than the indicated date on the indent, the premium paid will be adjusted against the normal freight charges. However the scheme will be optional, the railway officials said on Wednesday.
In sidings, the freight customer can indicate a date of supply of rakes and also indicate whether he/she will load if the rake is supplied after the due date on normal tariff rate. Five percent premium shall be required to be paid by the customer on normal freight. This will be deposited in advance. The premium will be adjusted against the normal freight charges, in case the supply of the rake to the customer is done later than the indicated date on the indent.
In the goods shed, freight customer will be permitted to place premium indent. Customers will priority for allocation on two days as notified under the preferential traffic issued by Traffic Transportation Directorate of the Railway Board from time to time. On other days normal order of priority of indents will be followed.
The Premium Indent that has been placed once cannot be withdrawn. The premium indent withdrawal will invite forfeiture of the premium paid. The Premium Indent Policy will not be applicable to restricted destinations and destinations regulated by quota.