SCR Bags Transport of Maize by Rail to Salem Division in TN

For the first time, South Central Railway has started loading maize from Ongole in Andhra Pradesh destined for Salem Division of Southern Railway in Tamil Nadu.

A 21 wagon mini-rake containing 21 BCN wagons was dispatched to Chavadipalayam in Salem Division of Tamil Nadu. 1,323 tons of maize was loaded.

Maize is normally transported by road. South Central Railway’s Business Development Unit has worked with traders and transporters to enable the shift to rail for large quantities.

Indian Railways has set up Business Development Units across divisions and zones to increase freight revenues. These BDUs have been scouting for new types of traffic across the country. A more proactive freight policy is beginning to deliver results in the form of new types of cargo being loaded on Indian Railways wagons as a result.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also has been reaching out to various sectors to drum up more business for the Indian Railways. Meetings with auto, ecommerce, logistics, cement, coal and power sectors have been held with positive outcomes, according to Indian Railways.

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