The multi- disciplinary Business Development Units (BDU) set up at Zonal Headquarters and at Divisions of Western Railway  are putting all their efforts to of improving business prospects in freight market by incorporating new ideas and initiatives. Western Railway’s BDUs are providing various incentives schemes to attract freight transporters, as well as facilities to improve ease of doing business.  In continuation to this, Rajkot division of Western Rly has clinched another deal of loading of industrial salt in open wagons.

Loading of salt at Lavanpur goods shed of Rajkot division of Western Rly for  Alwar Goods shed of Jaipur division.
Loading of salt at Lavanpur goods shed of Rajkot division of Western Rly for  Alwar Goods shed of Jaipur division.

According to Shri Sumit Thakur- Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Rly, the loading of industrial salt in open wagon BOXN was done from Lavanpur in  Rajkot Division on 25th October, 2020 following all due protocols of handling/ loading. This traffic of industrial salt loading was made possible with the perseverance of Rajkot division’s Business Development Unit (BDU).  Policy initiative taken by Railway Board like reduction of classification of salt for industrial use and revising the same from class 120 to 100 A has been appreciated by the traders. This rake is booked for Alwar Goods shed in Jaipur division. The industrial salt is being transported by BOXN wagon rake traversing 947 kms with load of 3831 tonnes, fetching revenue of approximately Rs 37.21 lakh.

Thakur further stated that, despite complete lockdown imposed from 22nd March, 2020, Western Railway has done  laudable work by loading 19,343 rakes of goods trains till 26th Oct, 2020. The loading included various essential commodities amounting to 41.32 Million Tonnes to different states of the country, including North East region. In addition to this Millennium Parcel Van and Milk Tank Wagons containing various essential commodities such as medicine, medical kits, frozen food, milk powder and liquid milk were loaded to Northern & North East region. Total 37,753  Freight trains were interchanged with other Railways including 18,845  trains handed over and 18,908  trains taken over at different interchange points of Western Railway.

The revenue generated through these goods train is Rs 3638.56 crore. In addition to above goods traffic, since 23rd March to 25th Oct, 2020, commodities weighing approx. 1.59 lakh tonnes have been transported by Western Rly through its 632 parcel special trains, which mainly included agricultural produce, medicines, fish, milk etc. The revenue generated through this transportation, has been approx. Rs 53.69 crore. During this period, 109 milk special trains were run by Western Rly, with a load of more than 82 thousand tonnes and 100% utilization of the wagons. Similarly, 467 Covid-19 special parcel trains with a load of about 52,500 tonnes were also run to transport various essential commodities. In addition to this, 56 indented rakes carrying approx.

25 thousand tonnes were also run with almost 100% utilization. WR has scheduled to run various timetabled Parcel special trains during lockdown period to different parts of the country. On 26th Oct, 2020, two parcel special trains, including a milk rake left from WR viz. Bandra Terminus to Jammu Tawi and a milk rake from Palanpur to Hind Terminal.

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