Inland Movement of Rail pieces for Banihal Section of USBRL Rail Project in J&K


Total Movements was in charge of delivering prime quality of UIC 60 Kg. 1080 Grade Head Hardened Class A Rails (2100 MT) as per Indian Railway Standard Specification for Flat Bottom Rails IRS-T-12-2009 (with latest A&C slips) at the Banihal site for the Katra-Banihal Section of the USBRL Project in Jammu & Kashmir, India.

Cargo Details


Rails - 13m long

Total Weight:

2100 MT

Rail Pieces:

Over 2600 Pcs

Scope of Work

  • Port Handling & Import Custom Clearance of rails & clamps at Mumbai Port
  • Transportation of rails & clamps from Mumbai Port to Banihal site
  • Unloading of rails & proper stacking at the Banihal site


  • The Project was executed at a time when the entire country was experiencing a strict lockdown imposed by the Indian Government due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to enormous disruption in the supply chains, mainly due to the scarcity of vehicles & labour.
  • These challenges were further exacerbated due to the monsoon season, which led to landslides & traffic issues during upward movement on the mountainous terrain from Jammu to the Banihal site.

Project Execution

Our team executed this rails project with detailed & accurate planning considering all necessary safety guidelines in view of strict lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The vessel MV KOTA BUDAYA arrived at Mumbai Port on 25th May 2020 at 1500hrs. Our expert team supervised the complete discharge operation, & completed it in 4 days.

Lots of disruption in the supply chains due to lockdown resulted in the scarcity of vehicles & labours. For the first time, we managed to dispatch over 2600 pieces of rails using 41 railway wagons from MBPT. The loading of rails on the railway wagon was safely completed in 3 days with proper lashing, securing & sufficient wooden packing. The rails consignment was dispatched on 8th June from MBPT, & reached the destination Vijaypur on 11th June at 0400hrs.

We made all arrangements – placement of vehicles, equipment, manpower deployment to receive the rails from the wagon. We managed to unload all the rails in 4 days, & began final dispatch to the Banihal site.

The Project site being in mountainous terrain, the upward movement from Jammu to Banihal faced multiple traffic issues, landslides due to the ongoing monsoon season. The increase in coronavirus cases near the project site made things difficult. But, our expert team made all possible efforts to ensure the safety of manpower & managed timely delivery of all rails. It took around 49 trips for the vehicles to complete the dispatch of over 2600 rail pieces from Jammu to Banihal.

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