According to Sumit Thakur - Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, the Zonal Headquarters of Western Railway and the newly formed Business Development Unit (BDU) in all divisions are doing a commendable job of attracting new customers for freight movement. In the same sequence, BDU of Rajkot Division transported 84,140 kg of essential materials by Train No 00913 Porbandar-Shalimar parcel special train. This astounding achievement was made possible in a single trip from Rajkot station to Shalimar station in West Bengal on 14th September 2020. The loading is by far the highest figure of loading from a single station in Rajkot division. A total of 98,717 kgs of material was loaded from Rajkot, Jamnagar and Surendranagar stations, due to which Rajkot division received a revenue of about Rs 5.47 lakh. Materials like hardware, kitchenware, auto parts, imitation goods, pesticides for agriculture, medicines, surgical goods, sanitizers etc. were loaded in this parcel special train. This loading was possible due to various incentives provided by Western Railway, as well as tapping prospective customers. Since the time of lockdown from March 23 to September 14, 2020, about 4,376 tonnes of essential materials have been transported by Rajkot Division through 158 parcel special trains, which has generated revenue of more than Rs 2 crore.
Thakur stated that, on 14th Sept, 2020, five Parcel Special trains left from various stations of WR. These included, 2 indented rakes, one from Linch to Sankrail Goods Yard and another from Karambeli to Azara station, 2 Parcel Special trains viz. Bandra Terminus to Jammu Tawi and Porbandar to Shalimar and a milk special train from Palanpur to Hind Terminal. Since 23rd March to 13th Sep, 2020, commodities weighing more than 1.23 lakh tonnes have been transported by Western Rly through its 537 parcel special trains, which mainly included agricultural produce, medicines, fish, milk etc. The revenue generated through this transportation, has been approx. Rs 41 crore. During this period, 88 milk special trains were run by Western Rly, with a load of approx. 67 thousand tonnes and 100% utilization of the wagons. Similarly, 412 Covid-19 special parcel trains with a load of almost 40 thousand tonnes were also run to transport various essential commodities. In addition to this, 37 indented rakes carrying more than 15 thousand tonnes were also run with almost 100% utilization. During the lockdown period from 22nd March till 13th Sept, 2020, total 14,814 rakes of goods trains have been used by WR to supply essential commodities amounting to 31.04 million tonnes. 29,096 freight trains have been interchanged with other zonal railways, in which 14,553 trains were handed over and 14,543 trains taken over at different interchange points. The revenue generated through these goods trains is about Rs 3909 crore.
LOSS OF PASSENGER REVENUE DUE TO LOCKDOWN
The total loss of revenue over Western Railway on account of Corona Virus, has been approx. Rs 2552 crore, which includes about Rs 387 crore for suburban section and approx. Rs 2165 crore for non -suburban. Inspite of this, resulting to cancellation of tickets since 1st March,2020 to 13th Sept, 2020, Western Railway has ensured to return refund amount of Rs.428.29 crore. It's worth mentioning that in this refund amount, Mumbai division alone, has ensured refund of APPROX. Rs 207 crore. Till now, 66.36 lakh passengers have cancelled their tickets over entire Western Railway & have received their refund amount accordingly.
https://epaper.freepressjournal.in/2823978/Free-Press-Mumbai-Edition/16-Sep-2020#page/13/2Published on: Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 02:15 PM IST