GUWAHATI, March 8 � Buoyed by the success of the first Parcel Cargo Express Train (PCET) which was introduced between Guwahati and Delhi (via Kolkata) from November 2013, the Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has now drawn up plans to increase the number as well as the frequency of such trains in the immediate future.
The PCET between Guwahati and Kolkata/Delhi has completed 11 round trips so far earning revenue of more than Rs 4 crore for the Railways, NFR CPRO Saugata Lahiri said.
"The frequency of this train will be increased to bi-weekly by the end of this month and further to tri-weekly by the end of April. Two more PCETs, one in the New Guwahati-Kolkata-Vijaywada-Chennai-Bangalore circuit and the other in the New Guwahati-Kolkata-Itarsi-Ahmedabad-Kalyan circuit are expected to be started by the end of May and June, respectively," Lahiri said.
The NFR expects both the trains to earn about Rs 50 lakh per trip. NFR plans to run about 20 round trips of these trains per month from June onwards.
NFR was the pioneer among the Zonal Railways in developing the concept of the PCETs as a business tool and this has been done without any additional strain on the resources of the railways as the Parcel Vans being utilized were earlier being returned as empties after bringing commodities into this region.
Acknowledging the model, the Railway Board has now instructed the other Zonal Railways to replicate it.
"This has enabled farmers from the far-flung areas of this land-locked region to market their products like tea, betel nuts, pineapple, jute, cane furniture and so on at the retail points in metro cities without any restrictions on minimum size and weight of the shipment packets," Lahiri said.