Scarcity of uncooked materials continues for Punjab trade


Vijay C Roy

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 28

Punjab industry continues to suffer raw material pangs due to non-movement of goods trains amid farmers’ agitation. According to private logistics operators, around 15 rakes (trains) are stuck at different locations. The crisis is not only affecting import evacuation but also exports, as the industry is unable to produce in the absence of raw material, thus affecting exports.

Majorly, the industry is reeling under shortage of steel. It has hit manufacturers of auto parts, hand tools, machine tools, bicycles, fasteners, agricultural implements and scaffolding industry.

The movement of trains resumed on Thursday last and goods trains were running till Sunday. However, amid the farmers’ protest, the Indian Railways again decided to suspend operations.

As many as 15 inward rakes are stuck at various locations. As far as resumption of trains is concerned, we are yet to get communication from the Indian Railways. — RK Bhasin, ceo, pristine logistics

An email sent by a logistics provider to industry states that the train movement towards Punjab ICDs has been restricted by Indian Railways again as a safety measure. The service provider said it would not be responsible for any consequential losses on account of delay.

“As many as 15 inward rakes of various logistics providers are stuck at various locations. This will hamper the raw material supply in the state. As far as resumption of service is concerned, we are yet to get communication from the Indian Railways,” said RK Bhasin, CEO, Pristine Logistics.

A rake has a capacity to carry 3,000 tonnes of steel (on an average) and consists of around 50 wagons, with each wagon carrying 60 tonnes.



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