Transports 3.5 million tonnes goods in April 2021, run 11 Covid 19 parcel trains, 9 milk special and 19 Kisan rails
Western Railway have continued to ensure that essential commodities are made available across the country, during this difficult time of corona pandemic. It not just supply general essential commodities, but also most urgent medicines & medical equipment to various destinations.
In continuation to this, Western Railway has run 46 parcel trains in April 2021 till 18th April, 2021 to transport essential commodities to various parts of the country. During this period, the loading in goods trains is 3.5 million tonnes as compared to 2.02 million tonnes in the corresponding period of last year.
According to a press release issued by Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, from 1st to 18th April, 2021, Western Railway has transported commodities weighing more than 16 thousand tonnes through its various parcel special trains, which included agricultural produce, medicines, medical equipment, fish, milk and others. The revenue generated through this transportation, has been approx Rs. 5.85 crore. Nine milk special trains were run by Western Rly, with a load of more than 6442 tonnes and 100% utilization of the wagons.
Similarly, 11 Covid-19 special parcel trains with a load of approx. 2544 tonnes were also run to transport essential commodities. In addition to this, 7 indented rakes carrying 3632 tonnes were also run with 100% utilization. To help the farmers find new markets for their produce and also for its economical and fast transportation, 19 Kisan Rails with load of approx. 4338.86 tonnes have also been run during this period from various divisions.
Thakur further informed that during the period from 22nd March 2020 till 18th April, 2021 total 37,748 rakes of goods trains have been run by WR and carried 85.43 million tonnes of essential commodities. 78.683 freight trains were interchanged with other zonal railways, in which 39,413 trains were handed over and 39,270 trains were taken over at different interchange points.
Business Development Units (BDUs) are in constant contact with the existing and probable freight customers to encourage them to transport their goods through railways with the incentives introduced by the Railway Board for quick, reliable, economical and bulk transportation of their goods.