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Railway Minister inaugurates India’s first aluminium Freight Rake

Published on October 16, 2022
Current Context: Union Minister for Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw flagged off 61-wagon aluminum rakes at Bhubaneswar railway station.
Railway Minister inaugurates India’s first aluminium Freight Rake
  • It will carry coal for Hindalco‘s Aditya smelter in Odisha with Chhattisgarh as its destination.
  • It has also been developed with the aim to modernise flight transportation.
  • It will also help in reducing the carbon footprint of the railways.
  • It is fully designed and developed in collaboration with research design and standards Organisation bracket (RDSO), Hindalco, and Besco vegan.
  • It is hundred percent recyclable.
  • It was built at Hindalco‘s state of art rolling facility.
  • These rakes are 3.25 tonnes lighter than normal steel rakes.
  • It has an extra capacity of 180 tonnes for carrying a payload in comparison to normal steel rakes.
  • Static Part- The freight sector in India is expected to grow at a CAGR to 15 billion tonnes by 2015. It is preferred for Metro trains worldwide for its durability and safety.


Q.1 Which material is used in the new freight rake inaugurated by the railway minister?
a. Aluminium
b. Zinc
c. Steel
d. Plastic
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