New Delhi: A day after the Indian Railways said that it will run special parcel trains for the transportation of essential commodities during the lockdown, the Central Railway on Monday said that it will run three special parcel trains between Kalyan-Sankrail and Godhani-New Tinsukia for transporting essential commodities such as medical equipment and food. Also Read - Amid Lockdown, Indian Railways to Run Parcel Trains For Transportation of Essential Commodities
An announcement to this effect was made by the Public Relations Department of the Central Railway in Mumbai. Also Read - Coronavirus Scare: Indian Railways Cancels 76 Trains
Earlier, the Indian Railways in a statement said that it will run special parcel trains for transportation of essential items such as medical supplies, medical equipment and food.
The development comes after the Ministry of Home Affairs removed the restrictions on movement of goods and commodities in the country during the lock down period.
According to Railways, the provision of parcel trains and rapid transportation of goods will further bolster the efficiency of supply chains. It further said that the decision to run special parcel trains will help in movement of small quantities as well of essential items.
Indian Railways is already transporting essential commodities to different parts of the country through freight trains.
These freight operations of Railways are meeting the needs of bulk transportation of essential goods like foodgrains, edible oil, salt, sugar, coal, cement, milk, vegetables and fruits, there are various items that need to be delivered comparatively in smaller quantities. After flights, Railways remain the fastest mode of inter-state transportation for such goods.
Notably, the Indian Railways had suspended both passenger trains and parcel vans from March 22 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a countrywide lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision from the Railways comes as a blessing for the e-commerce companies who can now ferry their products on these vans. Giving further information about the parcel vans, the officials of the Indian Railways said that eight parcel specials trains were being run by the railways, 20 more routes are being planned.