Travelling in air-conditioned (AC) trains will now not be restricted to passengers; even parcels booked with the department of posts (DoP) will be delivered across the country via AC trains.
The postal department will soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian Railways to this effect, under which the railways will reserve a compartment in all Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains for the delivery of the parcels, secretary I.M.G. Khan said.
The department will sign another MoU with the railways this month, which will enable reservation of train tickets through its post offices across the country.
“We will sign two MoUs with the railways for the delivery of our parcels in AC trains—Shatabdi and Rajdhani—and booking of train tickets through our postal network by the end of this month,” he said.
With this set up, the department of posts will be able to deliver parcels in a fixed time-frame and in a secured manner, Khan said.
With these new initiatives, among others, it intends to dispense with its budgetary deficit of Rs1,200 crore in the next two-three years, and establish a stronger foothold in the Indian market, he added.
In order to streamline its operations and achieve a higher degree of competitiveness, DoP will also invest Rs6,000 crore for technology upgrade across its postal network.
“India Post strongly needs to enhance its technology to compete with the private players,” Khan said.
“We have put forward our proposal to the Planning Commission for consideration in the 11th Five-Year Plan.” the railway secretary added.