Lockdown: ECoR introduces trains for traders to transport essential items


Bhubaneswar: In order to ensure smooth flow of essential commodities during the lockdown period in the wake of Coronavirus aka COVID19 outbreak, the East Coast Railway has introduced time tabled parcel trains for traders and businessmen for transit of essential items.

“Transportation of essential items like medical supplies, medical equipment, food items is going to be very important during the lockdown period in the wake of COVID-19.  To mitigate the difficulties to a certain extent, Indian Railways has come forward and has decided to open its services for transportation of these essential items in parcel special trains (up to 20 VPUs),” said an ECoR release.

The ECoR has announced that interested parties may immediately contact ECoR officials with their proposals if any so that time tabled runs can be introduced.

Interested traders and businessmen, NGOs have been advised to contact Senior Divisional Commercial Managers Sambeet Nayak – 8455886950 at Sambalpur, PK Samal-8455887950 (Khurda Road), Suneel Kumar – 8978080950 (Waltair), Suneel Kumar -8978080950 (Bhubaneswar) and Deputy Chief Commercial Manager HL Luwang – 8455885955, in case they want to send materials to any destination.

Meanwhile, Western Railway has finalised a time tabled parcel express train to ECoR between Kankariya (near Ahmedabad) to Cuttack with commodities like milk product, edible oil, spices, groceries, and biscuits.

“In addition to these, other probable parcel cargo trains are under consideration and can be finalised subjected to local administration permitting movement of trucks and labour handling at originating and terminating points. Talks with concerned traders are also going on in this regard,” the ECoR statement said.


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