9 Nos. parcel train were operated from Bengaluru/Yesvantpur towards Jaipur/Kanakapura in Rajasthan with 536 tonnes of parcels. 7 Parcel express services were also run to Gorakhpur, carrying 453 tonnes of parcel.
In addition to carrying parcels to other states, SWR has also run parcel trips between Belagavi, Hubballi Davangere and Bengaluru and return carrying medicines, essentials, spices, pepper, chilli powder, eggs, Maze, etc,.
This is the first time that the time tabled Parcel express trains are being tried by SWR to different parts of the country, wherein local industries, e-commerce companies, interested groups, individuals and prospective loaders can book parcels to their destinations. This was also played as an alternative source to the leased parcel carriers, who are hither to catered by regular train services.
Suresh Angadi, Minister of State of Railways has also encouraged Railways to run timetable parcel trains through social media. A. K. Singh, GM/SWR has assured that SWR is committed to transporting essential commodities to meet the requirements of people in different parts of the country.
To provide a boost to freight and parcel express trains and for nationwide transportation of essential commodities, a Business Development Unit (BDU) has also been set up at SWR Head Quarter level and at Divisional level to assist customers for moving their commodities by the Railways as it is the best and safe choice for freight transportation during this current crisis.Published on: Thursday, July 23, 2020, 08:26 AM IST