Goods Transportation Current Affairs - 2020

All India Agri Transport Call Centre Numbers launched

On April 15, 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare launched All India Agri Transport Call Centre facility. The facility will avail inter-state movement of perishables.

Highlights

The Transport Call Centre will help in coordination between states. The traders, truck drivers, manufacturers that are facing difficulties in transporting perishables and other horticultural commodities shall seek help from the call centre. The call centres are to be operated by IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL).

IKSL

The IKSL has been promoted by the IFFCO (Indian Farmers Fertilizers Cooperative Limited) along with Bharti Airtel and Star global Resource Limited.

The IFFCO is the biggest cooperative society in the country that was founded in 1967. There were only 57 cooperatives when it was formed. Today there are more than 36,000 Indian Cooperatives.

The annual turn over of IFFCO in 2018-19 was 27,852 crores and it produced 81.49 lakh metric tonnes of agricultural products. The IFFCO serves all over the world through strategic partnerships. For instance, it has partnered with JIFCO-Jordan, OMIFCO-Oman, Canada, ICS-Senegal

IITM hosts India’s first Hyperloop Pod Competition-What is Hyperloop Pod?

For the first time in India IIT Madras is to host Hyperloop pod competition in July 2020. India has taken a few steps in bringing the environment friendly Hyperloop pod transport in the country.

Highlights

The Hyperloop Pod Transportation Project was approved by the Maharashtra Government to build the first Hyperloop line between Pune and Mumbai. Similarly, another project of Hyperloop pod transport has been undertaken between the cities of Vijayawada and Amaravati.

Similar projects are expected to operate in China, UAE as well.

International Competition

The International Competition of Hyperloop Pod Contest was initiated in 2015. The Competition is funded by SpaceX, a leading Space organization of USA.

What is Hyperloop Pod?

The Hyperloop is a sealed loop through which a pod travels. The travel time of the pod is greatly reduced as the pod travels in the tube without air resistance. It is a proposed freight and passenger transport system.

The Concept was introduced in 2013 and has been open sourced by SpaceX since them. This means that anyone in the world is free to use the concept and build on systems based on it.

The Technology

Hyperloop pod works on the same concept of maglev trains where the trains levitate over the tracks with the help of electro-magentic energy. The only difference here is that unlike maglev trains, the pods will run in a partial vacuum environment increasing the speeds and efficiency.