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Parcel train to west coast

FREIGHT FELICITY

Guwahati: Indian Railways is for the first time starting a parcel cargo express train, connecting the Northeast to the west coast (Maharashtra/Gujarat).

The maiden run is scheduled on May 17 from New Guwahati Yard to Kalyan in Maharashtra.

An NF Railway official said on Tuesday the train would help transport agricultural produce of the Northeast (pineapple, ginger, turmeric, tea, cane, wax) and industrial finished goods from Guwahati to Kalyan.

"The train is a unique arrangement where even very small quantity of goods can be easily booked to destinations. The train runs on a definite path, is accorded top-most operational priority and rates are cheaper than other modes," he said.

He said the train will go a long way to meet the demands of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram in ensuring supplies of medicines, essential commodities, army CSD consignments and infrastructure consignments to name a few of the products being loaded from the west coast for the Northeast.

On its journey from the Northeast, according to the railway ministry's policy, it will transport the produce of the seven sisters at a cheaper rate, giving a boost to the agricultural community and the nascent agro/petro-based industries of the Northeast.

"Such a train will be a boon for smallscale local producers of the Northeast whose products could easily access the markets of other parts of the country," the official added.

Some of the important features of the train is that 450 tonnes of material can be carried at one time, there will be an assured supply of wagon/rakes and it will run on a scheduled path and a time-table.

The NF Railway had earlier run a parcel cargo express train to Patel Nagar in Delhi.

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