1 min read.Updated: 27 Mar 2020, 07:07 PM ISTTamal Nandi
Indian Railways is trying to maintain the supply of essential commodities across all parts of country and is ensuring that the movement of freight trains takes place
Indian Railways is trying to maintain the supply of all essential commodities are available across India
Indian Railways decided to stop plying its passengers train services on 22 March till 14 April across its entire network amidst rising cases of Covid-19. The decision was taken after the 21 days nationwide lockdown declared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prevent spread of coronavirus in the country .
However the freight operations of the national transporter continues to function as it helps in maintaining the supply of essential products in different parts of the country in this difficult time.
Indian Railways in its sustained efforts to fight against the coronavirus has continued its loading and unloading of essential commodities like fertilizer and petroleum products.
The Western Railway zone have used a total of 237 rakes to supply essential commodities such as POL (Petroleum, Oil & Lubricants), salt, cement, coal and containers were loaded amounting to 0.56 million tones.
Indian Railways' Western Railways zone already sent , 5 Millennium Parcel rakes of Parcel Vans/Railway Milk Tankers (RMTs) sent to different parts of the country to cope the demands of essential items such as ,milk powder, liquid milk and other general consumer goods. The freight trains are sent to various places like Bhimsen near Jhansi, Palwal in Haryana and also to New Guwahati in the north-east part of the country.
The Central Railway zone released a statement in which it said that till 25 March a total of approximately 5.66 lakh tonnes (0.56Million Tonnes) was transported. In terms of wagons it is 9,837 wagons. Coal was the bulk one which was loaded in 102 rakes for power plants at Parli, Nashik, Paras, Koradi and Mouda in Maharashtra and Sarani and Singaji in Madhya Pradesh. Nagpur ran 100 rakes and 2 from Mumbai.
Petrol, Oil and Lubricants (POL) & LPG was carried in 17 rakes for supply to various destinations like Gaigaon, Khapari, Tadli etc. Bhusaval alone ran 13 rakes. It also ran one full rake of onions.
Indian Railways also stated that at this difficult times the norms of social distancing was kept in mind while loading and unloading of goods from the freight trains.