According to Sumit Thakur- Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Rly, to transport currency and critical items, it has been decided to run one more parcel special train with 2 trips between Dewas and Chandigarh. Train No 00931 Dewas – Chandigarh parcel special will depart from Dewas on 12th August, 2020 at 20.00 hrs& will reach Chandigarh on 14th August, 2020 at 00.05 hrs. This train will halt at Sawai Madhopur and Jaipur stations. In its return trip, Train No 00932 Chandigarh – Dewas parcel special train will depart from Chandigarh on 14th August, 2020 at 16.00 hrs and reach Dewas at 10.45 hrs the next day. This train will not have any halts enroute.
Shri Thakur added that, since 22nd March, 2020, total 11,436 rakes of goods trains were loaded till 7th August, 2020, whilethe revenue from the loading of goods traffic over WR, has been Rs 2976.48 crore. Loading in the 11,436 rakes included various essential commodities such as POL - 1219, Fertilizers - 1994, Salt - 611, Foodgrain- 113, Cement - 903, Coal - 444, Containers – 5337 & General Goods - 52 rakes, totaling to 23.49 Million Tonnes. In addition to this, Millennium parcel rakes, including milk rakes carrying essential commodities such as medicine, frozen food, milk powder, liquid milk and general consumer goods were also transported, mainly to Northern & North East regions. Total 22,322 Freight trains were interchanged with other Railways, including 11,146 trains handed over and 11,176 trains taken over at different interchange points of Western Railway. During the period, important inward rakes such as 1485 rakes of Jumbo, 726 rakes of BOXN and 627 rakes of BTPN were unloaded at various stations over Western Rly,despite shortage of labourers.
Shri Thakur further stated, in addition to above goods traffic, since 23rd March to 7th Aug, 2020, commodities weighing approx. 94 thousand tonnes have been transported by Western Rly through its 452 parcel special trains, which mainly included agricultural produce, medicines, fish, milk etc. The revenue generated through this transportation, has been about Rs 30 crore. During this period, 70 milk special trains were run by Western Rly, with a load of more than 53 thousand tonnes and 100% utilization of the wagons, generating revenue of above Rs 9 crore. Similarly, 363 Covid-19 special parcel trains with a load of more than 32,500 tonnes were also run to transport various essential commodities, for which the revenue earned was about Rs 16.45 crore. In addition to this, 19 indented rakes carrying 8313 tonnes were also run with almost 100% utilization generating revenue of approx. Rs 4.37 crore. WR has scheduled to run various timetabled Parcel special trains during lockdown period to different parts of the country. On 8th August, 2020 one indented rake left from Kankaria to Benapole in Bangladesh.
LOSS OF PASSENGER REVENUE DUE TO LOCKDOWN
The total loss of revenue over Western Railway on account of Corona Virus, has been approx. Rs 2053 crore, which includes Rs 306 crore for suburban section and Rs 1747 crore for non-suburban. In spite of this, resulting to cancellation of tickets since 1st March, 2020 till 7th Aug, 2020, Western Railway has ensured to refund Rs. 411.15 crore. It's worth mentioning that in this refund amount, Mumbai division alone, has ensured refund of Rs 197.48 crore. Till now, 63.31 lakh passengers have cancelled their tickets over entire Western Railway & have received their refund amount accordingly.Published on: Friday, August 14, 2020, 08:56 AM IST