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WR transports 3652 tonnes of essential medical material through its 412 parcel special trains

Western Railway has played a significant role in transporting essential commodities to various parts of the country through its parcel special trains, as well as through goods trains. It has also been a saviour for helping people with medical needs, as In the wake of COVID-19, when other means of transport are restricted, it was difficult to cater to the medical requirements. More than 3600 tonnes of medicines and medical goods has been transported by Western Railway since 23rd March, 2020 to 20th July, 2020, as Western Railway has always been committed in its duty towards the nation and to the needs of its customers.

Rebello Dominic | Updated on: Thursday, July 23, 2020, 08:30 AM IST

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According to a press note issued by Western Railway’s Chief Public Relations Officer Sumit Thakur, WR has touched human lives by coming to their aid in time of distress, especially by keeping the supply of medicines and medical equipment rolling through its parcel special trains. Western Railway transported 3652.35 tonnes of medicines and medical goods since 23rd March, 2020 to 20th July, 2020, earning approx. Rs 160 lakhs. Medicines weighing 1565.75 tonnes were carried generating earning of Rs 76 lakhs and medical goods such as masks, sanitizers, PPE kit, gloves, surgical goods etc was transported which generated earning of Rs 84 lakh. He also stated that in all commodities weighing appox. 81 thousand tonnes have been transported by Western Rly through its 412 parcel special trains, which mainly included agricultural produce, medicines, fish, milk etc. The earnings generated through this transportation, has been approx. Rs 25.52 crore. During this period, 61 milk special trains were run by Western Rly, with a load of more than 46 thousand tonnes and 100% utilization of the wagons, generating revenue of approx Rs 7.93 crore. Similarly, 339 Covid-19 special parcel trains with a load of about 30 thousand tonnes were also run to transport various essential commodities, for which the revenue earned was Rs 15 crore. In addition to this, 12 indented rakes carrying 5168 tonnes were also run with almost 100% utilization generating revenue of more than Rs 2.58 crore. One indent rake left from Karambeli to New Guwahati on 21st July, 2020. During the lockdown period from 22nd March till 20th July, 2020, total 9713 rakes of goods trains have been used by WR to supply essential commodities amounting to 19.70 million tonnes. 19,063 freight trains have been interchanged with other zonal railways, in which 9521 trains were handed over and 9542 trains taken over at different interchange points.

LOSS OF PASSENGER EARNINGS DUE TO LOCKDOWN

The total loss of earnings over Western Railway on account of Corona Virus, has been almost Rs 1811 crore, which includes Rs 267 crore for suburban section and approx.. Rs 1544 crore for non -suburban. Inspite of this, resulting to cancellation of tickets since 1st March’2020 to 20th July, 2020, Western Railway has ensured to return refund amount of Rs. 399.65 crore. It's worth mentioning that in this refund amount, Mumbai division alone, has ensured refund of Rs 191.11 crore. Till now, 61.40 lakh passengers have cancelled their tickets over entire Western Railway & have received their refund amount accordingly.

https://epaper.freepressjournal.in/2759881/Free-Press-Mumbai-Edition/23-Jul-2020#page/15/1

Published on: Thursday, July 23, 2020, 08:30 AM IST