Western Railway has taken all measures to ensure that the public in general, as well as the suppliers can be benefited from the services that the railway is able to provide. The parcel trains of WR are serving the people by mass transportation of essential items as well as medicines, medical equipment, food grains etc. This initiative has helped in keeping the national supply chains running, as goods can be transported from one place to another. Thus the interest of the people, as well as the commercial clients is taken proper care of. On 28th July, 2020, three Parcel Special trains departed from WR viz. Bandra Terminus – Jammu Tawi & Dewas – Nagpur special trains and a milk special train from Palanpur to Hind Terminal.
Mr. Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway said, since 23rd March to 27th July, 2020, commodities weighing appox. 85 thousand tonnes have been transported by Western Rly through its 426 parcel special trains, which mainly included agricultural produce, medicines, fish, milk etc. The earnings generated through this transportation, has been approx. Rs 27.17 crore. During this period, 64 milk special trains were run by Western Rly, with a load of more than 48 thousand tonnes and 100% utilization of the wagons, generating revenue of approx Rs 8.33 crore.
Similarly, 347 Covid-19 special parcel trains with a load of more than 30,600 tonnes were also run to transport various essential commodities, for which the revenue earned was Rs 15.51 crore. In addition to this, 15 indented rakes carrying 6493 tonnes were also run with almost 100% utilization generating revenue of more than Rs 3.33 crore. During the lockdown period from 22nd March till 27th July, 2020, total 10,379 rakes of goods trains have been used by WR to supply essential commodities amounting to 21.17 million tonnes. 20,380 freight trains have been interchanged with other zonal railways, in which 10,181 trains were handed over and 10,199 trains taken over at different interchange points.