The Western Railway (WR) yesterday (Sunday, 30th August 2020) extended the dates of three parcel special trains totalling to 293 additional trips till December 31 to transport essential items like medical equipment, medicines, food grains etc. across the nation.
“We are extending dates of three parcel special trains which are Bandra Terminus- Jammu Tawi (121 trips), Okha – Guwahati (69 trips) and Porbandar – Shalimar (103 trips).” Said WR chief spokesperson Sumit Thakur.
From March 23 to August 28, commodities weighing above 1.10 lakh tonnes have been transported by WR through its 501 parcel special trains, which mainly included agricultural produce, medicines, fish, milk etc, he said.
“The revenue generated through this transportation has been more than Rs 36 crore. During this period, 80 milk special trains were run with a load of more than 60,700 tonnes and 100% utilization of the wagons. Similarly, 391 Covid-19 special parcel trains with a load of more than 36,600 tonnes were also run to transport various essential commodities,” he stated.
In addition, 30 indented rakes carrying above 12,800 tonnes were also run with almost 100% utilization. Two parcel specials left from WR on Saturday, which included a milk rake from Palanpur to Hind Terminal and a parcel special train from Bandra Terminus to Jammu Tawi.