Vadodara BDU started Steel transportation from Hazira
During the Covid 19 crisis, Western Railway ensure not to break the supply of essential commodities through its special parcel trains. Doing so the zone has crossed the figure of 500 Parcel special trains by running total 504 Parcel special trains during lockdown, to different parts of the country to transport about 1.11 lakh tonnes of various essential commodities.
In continuation to this, on 31st August, 2020 six parcel special trains, including a milk rake left from various stations of WR. These included 3 parcel specials – Bandra Terminus to Jammu Tawi, Porbandar to Shalimar and Dewas to New Delhi, 2 indented rakes one from Karambeli to New Guwahati and the other from Kankaria to Benapol and a milk special rake from Palanpur to Hind Terminal.
According to a press release issued by WR CPRO Sumit Thakur, in yet another achievement, for offering swift, safe & economical logistics, Western Railway’s Business Development Unit of Vadodara division has started transportation of Steel from Kribhco Rail Infrastructure Ltd (KRIL), Pvt.
Freight Terminal, Hazira in Gujarat to a new destination to Manubolu in Andhra Pradesh. The revenue earned through this transportation is Rs 38 lakh. The loading for this transportation was done on 28th August, 2020.
Thakur further added that, since 23rd March to 30thAug, 2020, commodities weighing above 1.11 lakh tonnes have been transported by Western Rly through its 504 parcel special trains, which mainly included agricultural produce, medicines, fish, milk.
The revenue generated through this transportation, has been approx. Rs 36.35 crore. During this period, 81 milk special trains were run by Western Rly, with a load of more than 61,500 tonnes and 100% utilization of the wagons.
Similarly, 393 Covid-19 special parcel trains with a load of almost 37 thousand tonnes were also run to transport various essential commodities. In addition to this, 30 indented rakes carrying more than 12,800 tonnes were also run with almost 100% utilization.
During the lockdown period from 22nd March till 30th August, 2020, total 13,423 rakes of goods trains have been used by WR to supply essential commodities amounting to 27.96 million tonnes.
26,448 freight trains have been interchanged with other zonal railways, in which 13,216 trains were handed over and 13,232 trains taken over at different interchange points. The revenue generated through these goods trains is approx. Rs 3534 crore.
The total loss of revenue over Western Railway on account of Corona Virus, has been approx. Rs 2363 crore, which includes about Rs 356 crore for suburban section and approx.
Rs 2007 crore for non-suburban. Inspite of this, resulting to cancellation of tickets since 1st March, 2020 to 30th Aug, 2020, Western Railway has ensured to return refund amount of Rs.421.39 crore.
It’s worth mentioning that in this refund amount, Mumbai division alone, has ensured refund of Rs 203.20 crore. Till now, 65.11 lakh passengers have cancelled their tickets over entire Western Railway & have received their refund amount accordingly.