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    After departure of 1st ever goods train with loaded wagons of onions for Bangladesh from Bhavnagar  on 4th August, 2020,  Western Rly has achieved one more unique breakthrough to decide 1st ever Parcel special train for Bangladesh from Ahmedabad division in Gujarat.

    Loading in this train will be started on 8th August, 2020 at Kankariya Goods shed of Ahmedabad division & the train is likely to depart by evening on same day, after completion of loading. This unique achievement of newly created Business Development Unit of Ahmedabad division will prove to be a mile stone in Parcel business over Indian Railways.
         
    According to a press release issued by WR CPRO Sumit Thakur, an indent of 20 VPUs+1 SLR was done for loading of VPUs rake at Ahmedabad Parcel office for Benalpole station of Bangladesh recently. The stacking permission has been granted upto 8th August, 2020. The commodity to be loaded in this rake is denim cloth in 15 VPUs and Colours and Dyes in 5 VPUs. This traffic is offered for the first time in Ahmedabad Division and this is likely to generate an approximate revenue of about Rs. 31 lakh. This is the first ever parcel special train of Ahmedabad division for Bangladesh, which will be traversing 2110 km  to reach Benapole in Bangladesh.

    Thakur further added that, since 23rd March to 6th Aug, 2020, commodities weighing above 92 thousand tonnes have been transported by Western Rly through its 448 parcel special trains, which mainly included agricultural produce, medicines, fish, milk. The revenue generated through this transportation, has been above Rs 29 crore. During this period, 69 milk special trains were run by Western Rly, with a load of more than 52 thousand tonnes and 100% utilization of the wagons, generating revenue of approx Rs 9 crore.

    Similarly, 361 Covid-19 special parcel trains with a load of almost 32 thousand  tonnes were also run to transport various essential commodities, for which the revenue earned was Rs 16.31 crore. In addition to this, 18 indented rakes carrying 7858 tonnes were also run with almost 100% utilization generating revenue of more than Rs 4.09 crore. On 7th August, 2020, four parcel special trains left from various stations of WR, which included Bandra Terminus- Jammu Tawi &  Porbandar- Shalimar parcel special trains, alongwith one indented train from Karambeli to New Guwahati and a milk rake from Palanpur to Hind Terminal.

    During the lockdown period from 22nd March till 6th August, 2020, total  11,342  rakes of goods trains have been used by WR to supply essential commodities amounting to 23.27 million tonnes. 22,155 freight trains have been interchanged with other zonal railways, in which 11,059  trains were handed over and 11,096  trains taken over at different interchange points. 

    The total loss of passenger revenue over Western Railway on account of Corona Virus, has been approx. Rs 2040 crore, which includes about  Rs 304 crore for suburban section and approx. Rs 1736 crore for non -suburban. Inspite of this, resulting to cancellation of tickets since 1st March, 2020 to 6th Aug, 2020, Western Railway has ensured to return refund amount of Rs. 410.64 crore. It’s worth mentioning that in this refund amount, Mumbai division alone, has ensured refund of  Rs 197.22 crore. Till now, 63.22 lakh passengers have cancelled their tickets over entire Western Railway & have received their refund amount accordingly.

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