Western Railway runs 7 special trains for transport of essential materials
Western Railway runs 7 special trains for transport of essential materials

According to recently received information, the Western Railway, with its total commitment to the nation and the people, is ensuring on a large scale that during this difficult time of the Corona epidemic, essential commodities have been made available continuously throughout the country. Western Railway is continuously providing its services to the nation not only by supplying essential commodities but also the most essential medicines and medical equipment. Western Railway has continued to operate many parcel special trains in different parts of the country during the lockdown period.

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It is reported that out of these trains, seven parcel special trains, including a special rake of milk, departed from scheduled railway stations on May 3, 2020 for various stations in the country. According to the information received in a press release issued by the Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, Mr. Ravindra Bhakar, "Western Railway through its various parcels special trains 24000 tons during the period from 23 March to 3 May 2020. Overweight goods have been transported, which mainly include agricultural produce, medicines, fish, milk and medical supplies. The total revenue generated through this transport has been around Rs 7.27 crore. During this period, 20 milk special trains were run by Western Railway, carrying a load of over 14400 tonnes and 100% utilization of wagons, with a revenue of about Rs 2.48 crores." He also said, "Similarly, 124 Covid-19 special parcel trains were also run for transportation of essential commodities, for which the revenue earned was above Rs. 4 crores." 

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In this regard, Mr. Bhakar said, "7 parcel special trains left Western Railway for different parts of the country on May 3, 2020, including 6 trains Mumbai Central - Ferozepur, Okha - Bandra Terminus, Rajkot - Coimbatore, Okha. - Guwahati, Dadar - Bhuj and Bandra terminus - Okha parcel special trains, while a milk special rake left from Palanpur to Hind Terminal. " During the period of lockdown from 22 March to 2 May 2020, a total of 2847 rakes of goods trains have been used by Western Railway to supply 6.21 million tonnes of essential commodities. 5876 freight trains have been connected with other railways, of which 2966 trains and 2910 trains have been taken at different interchange points. 150 Millennium Parcel rakes of Parcel Van / Railway Milk Tanker (RMT) have been sent to various parts of the country to supply the required material like milk powder, liquid milk and other general consumer goods as per demand.

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The estimated loss on Western Railway has been Rs 207.11 crore in March 2020, Rs 449.52 crore in April 2020 and Rs 29.98 crore in 2 days of May 2020. Similarly, the total loss of Western Railway (including suburban + non-suburban) due to coronavirus and lockdown has been Rs 686.61 crore. Despite all this, as a result of cancellation of tickets till now, Western Railway has ensured the refund of Rs 236.02 crore as refund. In this refund amount, Mumbai Division alone has ensured a refund of Rs 114.11 crore. So far, 36.22 lakh passengers have canceled their tickets on the entire Western Railway and have received their refund amount accordingly.

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