ER’S TIME TABLED PARCEL EXPRESS TRAINS TRANSPORTED 5652 TONNES OF PARCEL TRAFFIC DURING APRIL 2021, GENERATING REVENUE OF RS. 1.94 CRORES
Kolkata, May 6, 2021:
Eastern Railway introduced uninterrupted services of time-tabled parcel express trains to facilitate nation-wide transportation of essential commodities and other goods as a safe, secured, economical and environment friendly mode of transportation. Time tabled parcel express trains started running from 8.4.2020 from three stations in Kolkata area viz. Howrah, Sealdah & Kolkata. The three destinations where the parcel express trains run uninterruptedly include Agartala, Amritsar & New Delhi on different days of run. These are meant to boost the availability of indispensable articles required for ordinary citizens, industry & agriculture.
During April 2021, ER transported 5652 tonnes of parcel traffic in 21 trips, generating total revenue of Rs.1.94 crores. The main commodities loaded were ready made goods, school bags, footwear, beetle leaves, fish, live fish, live plant, medicine, medical goods, eggs, bakery foods, books, machinery parts etc. In terms of transportation time & cost effectiveness, parcel express trains are much cheaper than road transport and are more safe & secured.
For the sake of convenience of customers, the minimum composition of parcel express trains has been reduced from 20 parcel vans to 15 and 10 parcel vans for perishables. Moreover, the enroute stoppages are increased as per demand.
Running of parcel express trains facilitated back end supply chain to meet the demand in the market of the country. The growth of parcel business is very important as these services are used by small traders and farmers. ER aims to explore more innovative ways to bring more effective results.
The parcel express trains run punctually to gain customers’ confidence for using the services.