WR transports more than 1.10L tonnes of essentials through its 499 parcel special trains

Western Railway’s Parcel Express trains as well as goods trains continue to transport essential commodities to various parts of the country. In the wake of Covid-19, even during restricted movements and traffic flow, Western Railway is ensuring the supply of milk, medicines and other necessary products to different parts of the country through its various trains. It has also taken the responsibility of transporting essential items in small parcel sizes across the nation, as it has always been fully committed to the needs of its customers. On 28th August, 2020 one parcel special left from Porbandar to Shalimar and another indent rake left from Karambeli to New Guwahati. According to Sumit Thakur - Western Railway’s Chief Public Relations Officer, since March 23 to Aug 27, 2020, commodities weighing above 1.10 lakh tonnes have been transported by Western Rly through its 499 parcel special trains. . During this period, 80 milk special trains were run by Western Rly, with a load of more than 60,700tonnes and 100% utilization of the wagons, generating revenue of approx Rs 10.49 crore. Similarly, 390 Covid-19 special parcel trains with a load of more than 36 thousand tonnes were also run to transport various essential commodities, for which the revenue earned was approx. Rs 18.50 crore. In addition to this, 29 indented rakes carrying more than 12,400 tonnes were also run with almost 100% utilization generating revenue of more than Rs 6.77 crore.During the lockdown period from 22nd March till 27th August, 2020, total 13,145 rakes of goods trains have been used by WR to supply essential commodities amounting to 27.32 million tonnes. 25,885 freight trains have been interchanged with other zonal railways, in which 12,945 trains were handed over and 12,940 trains taken over at different interchange points. The revenue generated through these goods trains is Rs 3458.27 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 2323 crore, which includes about Rs 350 crore for suburban section and approx. Rs 1973 crore for non-suburban. Inspite of this, resulting to cancellation of tickets since 1st March,2020 to 27thAug, 2020, Western Railway has ensured to return refund amount of Rs.420.19 crore. It's worth mentioning that in this refund amount, Mumbai division alone, has ensured refund of Rs 202.53 crore. Till now, 64.90 lakh passengers have cancelled their tickets over entire Western Railway & have received their refund amount accordingly.

Rebello DominicUpdated: Monday, August 31, 2020, 08:39 AM IST
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