GUWAHATI, April 6 - Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has intensified transportation of sugar, salt and edible oil with a view to ensuring there is no scarcity of such essential items in this part of the country on account of the ongoing nationwide lockdown.
Since the commencement of the lockdown NFR has carried more than 700 wagons of sugar, 320 wagons of salt and 160 wagon tanks of edible oil products.
�These were unloaded at various goods sheds in Assam, Tripura and other states so as to meet the need of the common people. In addition to that, NFR has also carried thousands of wagons loaded with essential foodgrains to the North East region apart from parts of Bihar and West Bengal,� said Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NFR.
He said the Railways has been making all efforts to ensure there is no shortage of essentials like sugar, salt and edible oil during the nationwide lockdown.
�Loading, transportation and unloading of these essential commodities have been in full swing during this period at various goods sheds located in various parts of country as per requirement,� Chanda said, adding that across the country Indian Railways loaded and carried 1,342 wagons of sugar, 958 wagons of salt and 378 wagon tanks of edible oil from March 23 to April 4.
Chanda said an emergency freight train movement control centre is working in the Ministry of Railways to monitor uninterrupted movement of materials for fuelling the power, transport and infrastructure sectors and other essential commodities.
�Issues which were earlier being faced by Railways at many terminal points for loading and unloading operations are being effectively resolved. Indian Railways, along with the Ministry of Home Affairs, is in touch with various state governments to sort out any such operational issue whenever such need arises,� he said.