To fulfill the commitment towards the nation and the people, Western Railway is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that essential commodities are made available across the nation during the time of lockdown. Besides the special parcel trains, the goods trains too are transporting commodities as usual.
Since 23rd March to 31st March, 2020 0.86 million tonnes of goods were transported, earning a revenue of Rs 104.25 crore. From 1st April to 27th April, 2020, Rs 476.53 crore was earned by transporting 3.28 million tonnes of various commodities. A total 4.14 million tonnes goods was transported through goods trains by Western Rly, earning the revenue of Rs 580.78 crore. This is in addition to the earnings through parcel special trains, wherein since 23rd March to 28th April, 2020, commodities weighing almost 21000 tonnes have been transported by Western Rly through its various parcel special trains, which included agricultural produce, medicines, fish, milk. The earnings generated through this transportation, was approx Rs 6.59 crore.
According to a press release issued by WR CPRO Ravinder Bhakar, two more parcel special trains are scheduled to run with 2 trips each between Karambeli – New Guwahati and Okha – Guwahati.
Train No 00903 Karambeli – New Guwahati special parcel train will leave Karambeli at 18.00 hrs on 30th April to reach New Guwahati at 10.30 hrs on 2nd May, 2020. Similarly, Train No 00904 New Guwahati – Karambeli special parcel train will leave New Guwahati on 3rd May, 2020 at 05.00 hrs to reach Karambeli at 22.00 hrs the next day. The train will halt at Bhusaval Jn, Khandwa, Itarsi Jn, Jabalpur, Katni, Satna, Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Jn, Patliputra, Sonpur, Katihar, New Jalpaiguri and New Bongaigaon stations in both directions.
Train No 00949 Okha – Guwahati special parcel train will leave Okha on 1st May, 2020 at 07.15 hrs to reach Guwahati on 3rd May, 2020 at 17.00 hrs. Similarly, Train No 00950 Guwahati – Okha special parcel train will leave Guwahati at 16.00 hrs on 4th May, 2020 to reach Okha at 01.10 hrs on 7th May, 2020. The train will halt at Jamnagar, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Ahmedabad, Anand, Chhayapuri, Ratlam, Kota, Sawai Madhopur, Bayana, Agra Fort, Tundla, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Jn, Patna, Muzaffarpur Jn, Katihar, New Bongaigaon and Changsari stations in both directions.
Bhakar stated that, since 23rd March to 28th April, 2020, eighteen milk special trains were run by Western Rly, with a load of almost 13000 tonnes and 100% utilization of the wagons generating revenue of above Rs 2.22 crore. Similarly, 106 Covid-19 special parcel trains were also run to transport essential commodities, for which the revenue earned was Rs 3.59 crore. In addition to this, 4 indented rakes carrying 1864 tonnes were also run with 100% utilization generating revenue of more than Rs 77.65 lakh. The total loading in this period has been over 21000 tonnes, thereby earning Rs 6.59 crore.
He informed that three parcel special trains left from WR for various parts of the country on 29th April, 2020 viz. Mumbai Central – Firozpur, Dadar – Bhuj and Ahmedabad – Guwahati. In addition to this one milk rake left from Palanpur to Hind Terminal. It’s worth mentioning that WR has also made available a dedicated Helpline No 9004490982 which is manned 24×7 by WR’s commercial staff for any parcel booking related assistance. An email id has also been created for the same firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bhakar further stated that during the lockdown period from 22nd March to 28th April, 2020, total 2522 rakes of goods trains have been used by WR to supply essential commodities amounting to 5.48 million tonnes. 5256 freight trains were interchanged with other railways, including 2673 trains handed over and 2603 trains taken over at different interchange points. 130 Millennium Parcel rakes of Parcel Vans/Railway Milk Tankers (RMTs) have been sent to different parts of the country to supply as per the demands of essential items such as milk powder, liquid milk and other general consumer goods.
The total loss of earnings over Western Railway up to 28th April, 2020 on account of lockdown has been to Rs 626.27 Cr (inclusive of suburban + non-suburban). Inspite of this, due to cancellation of tickets till now, Western Railway has ensured to refund Rs. 205.52 crore. It’s also worth mentioning that in this refund amount, Mumbai division itself, has ensured refund of Rs 100.13 crore. Till now, 32.43 lakh passengers have cancelled their tickets over entire Western Railway & have received their refund amount accordingly.