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Railways Announce Advance Booking Facility for Parcel Space : One More Customer Friendly Scheme


There have been repeated requests from the parcel customers for introduction of advance booking facility of parcel space so as to plan their logistics in a better way. Taking into account the request from logistics providers and as part of customer friendly initiatives, Indian Railways has introduced advance booking facility for Parcel space in Luggage Coaches (SLRs) available in Passenger carrying trains and in Parcel Vans (VPs) attached to the time tabled parcel trains. Advance booking will be allowed only in parcel spaces which are not already leased by Railways.

The advance booking of space in SLRs and VPs shall be permitted 120 days in advance, subject to payment of nominal 10% of the total freight by the customer at the time of booking. The balance payment (90%) of the freight has to be paid at least 72 hours before the scheduled departure of the train for which the advance booking has been made.

In case the customer wishes to cancel the booking, such cancellation should be done at least 72 hours before the scheduled departure of the train for which advance booking has been made. 50% of the advance freight shall be refunded.

In case of inability of Railway Administration to provide parcel space in the train o¬n account of cancellation of train or any other reason, full advance freight shall be refunded to the customer.

The advance indenting of parcel vans, to be attached to passenger-carrying trains and time tabled Parcel Special trains, will also be permitted 120 days in advance on payment of prescribed Wagon Demand Registration Fee as per extant rules.

Further, Railways has also planned to attach additional Parcel Vans (VPs) to Special trains to provide extra space for the parcel luggage in the specified routes. In this connection, one more Parcel Van is attached to 01019/ 01020 CST Mumbai-Bhubaneswar-CST Mumbai Konark Special train for the convenience of cargo movers in this route.

Divisional Railway Manager Shri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava stated that this facility will immensely help the business persons, traders and cargo aggregators, especially those who are handling small quantities for transporting their consignments in a safe, economical and fastest mode in planned schedule. He also appealed to stakeholders to make use of the advance booking facility to plan their transportation needs and logistics as per their convenience.

For any query or help nearest railway station may be contacted call may be made to 08978080962.

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