Guwahati, March 9: The Northeast Frontier Railway has drawn up ambitious plans to increase the number and frequency of parcel cargo express trains.
The move comes after the success of the first parcel cargo express train that was introduced between Guwahati and New Delhi (via Calcutta) from November 2013. The train service between Guwahati and New Delhi has completed 11 round trips so far, earning revenue of over Rs 4 crore for the railways.
“The frequency of this train will be increased to bi-weekly by the end of this month and further to tri-weekly by the end of April,” an NFR official said.
The NF Railway has been the pioneer among the zonal railways in developing the concept of these trains as a business tool. The railway board has in acknowledgement of the initiative now instructed the other zonal railways to replicate the model.
“The train service has enabled farmers from the far-flung areas of this landlocked region to market their products like tea, betel nuts, pineapples, jute, horticultural products and cane furniture at the retail points in Calcutta, New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Chennai without any restrictions on the minimum size and weight of the shipment packets,” he said.
Two more trains — one in the New Guwahati-Calcutta-Vijaywada-Chennai-Bangalore circuit and the other in the New Guwahati-Calcutta-Itarsi-Ahmedabad-Kalyan circuit are expected to start by the end of May and June respectively.
“Both these trains are expected to earn about Rs 50 lakh per trip,” the official said.
The NF Railway plans to run about 20 round trips of these trains per month.