Mumbai : Indian Railways has been trying to increase freight loading and revenue. In this direction, Western Railway is making efforts to increase its freight business in a better way. Regular meetings are held with prospective customers to explore new business opportunities. Various goods sheds of Western Railway are also being developed to facilitate loading as well as providing space for workers to rest.
According to a press release issued by Sumit Thakur, Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, a model rest room has been constructed in Ranoli Goods Shed of Vadodara division in order to develop the Goods Shed. This Goods Shed also houses a cottage with a labor rest room.
It is noteworthy that one-third of the total laborers employed in loading / unloading activities in Ranoli Goods Shed of Vadodara division are women workers. The model building has three rooms. The first is a Ladies Rest Room cum Cottage. This room has a baby nursing corner, toys, blackboard, books and attached toilet. The second room is for male workers, in which furniture, firefighters, first aid boxes etc. have been provided. The third room is for customers and in addition to furniture, posters displaying various freight promotion schemes have been installed on its walls.
Thakur said that two new materials were traded by the Business Development Unit (BDU) of Vadodara division, including clinker traffic from Hazira in Vadodara to Khurja in Uttar Pradesh and steel pipe traffic from Dahej to Dekargaon in Assam. The consignee for the clinker was M / s Kanodia Cement Ltd. and Western Railway earned over Rs 71 lakhs revenue through this consignment. The second shipment was of steel pipes, with a revenue of 2698 km with a revenue of Rs 53.61 lakhs.
Thakur informed that from April 1, 2020 to March 1, 2021, the freight loading of Western Railway was 73.60 million tonnes as compared to 71.92 million tonnes in the same period of the last financial year. This increase has been achieved despite a nationwide lockdown. From March 23, 2020 to March 1, 2021, about 2.74 lakh tonnes of materials have been transported by Western Railway through its 940 parcel special trains, mainly consisting of agricultural products, medicines, fish, milk etc. .
The revenue through this transport has been around Rs 97.23 crore. During this period, 173 milk special trains were run by Western Railway, in which around 1.28 lakh tonnes were loaded using 100% wagons. Similarly, 602 Kovid-19 parcel special trains weighing over 76 thousand tonnes were also run to transport various essential commodities. In addition to this, 111 indentured rakes carrying a load of 50 thousand tons were also run with almost 100 percent usage. 54 Kisan Rail Special trains carrying a weight of more than 19 thousand tonnes have been run till now.
During the period of lockdown from March 22, 2020 to March 1, 2021, a total of 32,926 rakes of goods trains have been used by Western Railway to supply 72.88 million tonnes of essential commodities. 67,989 freight trains have been interchanged with other zonal trains, of which 34,035 trains have been handover and 33,954 trains have been takeover at different interchange points. On March 2, 2021, four special trains left from different parts of Western Railway, including 2 parcel special trains. These include a parcel special train from Porbandar to Shalimar and another from Bandra Terminus to Jammu Tawi, while an indent special Kambeli to New Guwahati and a farmer rail from Dahanu Road to Adarsh Nagar.