The Mahindra group has opted for the rail route, replacing the traditional road way, to make deliveries of around 350 tractors to different parts of the country with an aim to reduce carbon footprints by adopting the eco-friendly transportation facility.
Central railways (CR) earned around Rs 25 lakh within 10 days, sending two rakes of tractors on behalf of their client, the Mahindra logistics, from their newly acquired Ajni goods shed which earlier served as the transportation hub of Concor’s operation.
Opting for the rail route, the automobile group also managed to cut down on it time of delivery and cost considerably apart from higher security quotient. The CR, under the supervision of divisional railway manager (DRM) Somesh Kumar Shrivastava, had taken over Concor’s premises after they had wrapped their operations in August.
The premises are now being utilized for developing business potential and capacities of the CR under senior divisional commercial manager Krishnath Patil. Asst commercial manager (stocks) SG Rao, also a public relations officer, said he had approached Mahindra group as a part of the CR’s business development initiatives offering the services of railways as means of transportation relatively cheaper, quicker, cleaner and greener.
“On August 31, the first rake was sent to Phillour in Punjab which was followed by the latest one on September 10 to Fathua in Bihar. In two rakes, almost 350 tractors were sent,” he said. Rao added the CR had earned Rs12.78 lakhs in their latest delivery assignment.
“The automobile group too made a saving of around 15% using rail route which is also much safer than road transportation with lesser chances of delays,” he said. Rao said the Mahindra group earlier used the road transport for deliveries but their logistics wing headed by chief manager NK Sinha was keen for switching to rail route which is comparatively more eco-friendly and greener as an option.
“We are convincing business groups and establishments to shift to railways as a more greener, cheaper, quicker and safer option. The response is encouraging,” he said.