During the crisis in the wake of Covid-19, Indian Railways initiated adopted various measures to fight against the Coronavirus pandemic by movement of Time Tabled Parcel Express Trains for maintaining uninterrupted supply of essential commodities to every nook and corner of the country. As a part of commitment Waltair Division of East Coast Railway has geared up its entire network to run Time Tabled Parcel Express Trains towards different destinations in the country.
In this crisis period Waltair Division has already handled 502 trips of Time Tabled Parcel Express Trains carrying essential commodities viz., Bedsheets, Medical equipments, Mango, Auto mobile& shipping parts, Food items, Hatching Eggs, Fish, Medicine, Crab, grocery, Plastic Goods & Milk Product and other general goods and other daily need items to different parts of the country from 9th April to 18th September, 2020. During the above period, the Division has transported 5,829 tonnes of parcel traffic including 56,437 number of packages to different places in the country.
To encourage the small and marginal business entities, Waltair Division has set up Business Development Unit (BDU) with primary focus towards bringing the Railways closer to industry and trade. The Division is holding interaction with the cargo movers and freight customers on regular basis to improve loading and unloading environment. The Division also took initiative to provide additional halt to parcel trains as per demand and feasibility. This received good response that resulted in enhancing the parcel movement.
With the additional stoppage at Vizianagaram railway station to Bangalore-Howrah parcel special, 28.5 tonnes of parcel booking could be achieved in last few weeks. This facility will help the traders, cargo movers and farmers, especially those who are handling small quantities for transporting their consignments in a safe, secure, economical and fastest mode as per the planned schedule. It is appealed to rail customers to optimally utilize the opportunity for their transportation needs and logistics as per their convenience.
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