In a primary, railway parcel practice transports dry chillies throughout border to Bangladesh

New Delhi, July 12

The Railways has operated its first-ever particular parcel practice to Bangladesh, transporting dry chillies from Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district to the neighbouring nation.

Farmers and retailers in and round Guntur space earlier transported dry chillies by highway to Bangladesh in small portions. During the lockdown interval after they couldn’t transfer this important commodity by highway, Railway officers approached the consignors and defined the services to move the produce by rail, the nationwide service stated.

The dry chillies have been then moved in bulk to Benapole in Bangladesh by rail by a Special Parcel Express on July 10.

It additionally helped in lowering the price of transportation. Sending the chillies to the neighbouring nation by highway value round Rs 7,000 per tonne whereas the expense for carrying the identical by items trains has come out to be Rs 4,608 per tonne.

“For the first time the Indian Railways loaded a special parcel train beyond the country’s borders to Benapole in Bangladesh with dry chillies from Reddipalem in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh state,” the Railways stated in a press release.

Guntur and its surrounding areas in Andhra Pradesh are well-known for the cultivation of chillies. The high quality of this farm produce is internationally famend for its uniqueness in style and model.

For shifting the consignment by items trains, it’s necessary for farmers and retailers to mobilise the amount in bulk — a minimum of greater than 1,500 tonnes in every journey.

“To mitigate this problem and to facilitate the rail users to move their quantities in small amounts, i.e. up to a maximum of 500 tonnes in each trip, Guntur Division of South Central Railway took the initiative and moved the Special Parcel Express to Bangladesh,” the assertion stated.            

“This has helped the farmers and merchants of Guntur to market their farm produce beyond the country border by transporting the dry chillies in small quantities through Special Parcel Express,” it stated.

Accordingly, one Special Parcel Express practice consisting of 16 parcel vans moved to Benapole in Bangladesh on July 10, the Railways stated.   

It stated every parcel van was loaded with 466 baggage of dry chillies, weighing round 19.9 tonnes and the entire weight carried by the Special Parcel Express was round 384 tonnes.

The value per tonne for carrying by Special Parcel Express is Rs 4,608 and which could be very low cost and economical as in comparison with highway transport which quantities to Rs 7,000 per tonne, the assertion stated.

Through the COVID-19 disaster, the Railways has taken a collection of steps to spice up parcel practice site visitors. 

Transportation of important gadgets like medical provides, medical gear, meals, and so on. in small parcel sizes are crucial gadgets wanted for enterprise in addition to consumption functions, it stated.

In order to fill on this very important want, the Railways has made railway parcel vans obtainable for fast mass transportation by e-commerce entities and different prospects together with state governments.

Railways has been working time-tabled Parcel Special trains on choose routes to make sure uninterrupted provide of important gadgets, the nationwide transporter stated.

The complete of 4,434 parcel trains have run between March 22 and July 11, it stated. PTI

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