GUWAHATI, May 18 - As part of its mission to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential commodities in this part of the country during the ongoing nationwide lockdown, Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has operated more than 100 Parcel Express trains so far.
Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NFR, said today that the Parcel Express trains, bringing various kinds of commodities from major industrial hubs like Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Bengaluru and Kolkata, have arrived at Guwahati, New Guwahati, Azara, Changsari, Agartala and New Tinsukia during the past over one-and-a-half-months.
�These inbound Parcel Express trains have brought essential commodities like milk and milk products, medicines, masks, personal protection equipment (PPE), sanitizers, fresh fruits, baby foods, ghee and other items. We have also tried our best in ensuring availability of essential commodities and medical equipment in this region at this hour of crisis,� said Chanda.
NFR has operated COVID-19 Parcel Express trains in sections including Guwahati-Agartala-Guwahati, Guwahati-Dibrugarh-Guwahati, Guwahati-Mendipathar-Guwahati, Dimapur-Howrah-Dimapur, New Jalpaiguri-Guwahati-New Jalpaiguri, and Guwahati-Secunderabad-Guwahati. In addition, with an objective to provide transport solution to the agriculture sector in this part of the country, NFR also operated one round trip of a Kisan Parcel train between Guwahati and Dibrugarh with halts at Jagiroad, Chaparmukh Junction, Hojai, Lumding, Diphu, Dimapur, Sarupathar, Furkating Junction, Mariani Junction, Simaluguri Junction, Duliajan and New Tinsukia Junction, said Chanda.
He said that recently e-commerce portal Amazon and India Post availed the Parcel Express service from Guwahati to book their consignments to New Delhi and Kolkata.
�So far, NFR has been able to book more than 2,000 packages and earned Rs 3 lakh. Earlier, this traffic was predominantly transported through roadways and airways,� said the NFR CPRO.
NFR has also been able to transport more than 1,640 tonnes of medical items like sanitizers, masks, medicines, blood sample bags and other goods and it has earned Rs 65 lakh as revenue by this process.
Chanda said that railway staff at every level were put into the job in order to ensure hassle-free booking and delivery of parcel and freight consignments round the clock.
�We managed to deliver such a huge quantity of essential commodities with only mandatory skeleton staff,� he added.