CR Transports 23.225 million tonne freight through 4.42 lakh wagons during lockdown

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Mumbai, 11 September, 2020: In order to ensure the timely delivery of freight vital for the energy & infrastructure sector, Railways has maintained its goods trains fully functional in spite of the COVID19 lockdown and unlock. From 23rd March 2020 to 9th September 2020 Central Railway transported 23.225 million tonnes of freight successfully in meeting the needs of the industry.

In terms of wagon loads it turns out 4,42,944 wagons from 23.3.2020 to 9.9.2020, Central Railway ran 9,279 goods trains carrying coal, food grains, sugar, petroleum products, fertilizers, containers, iron and steel, cement, onions and other miscellaneous goods. During this period on an average 2,590 wagons of freight have been loaded daily.

Central Railway carried 1,67,023 wagons of coal to various power plants to ensure un-interrupted supply of electricity. Also carried 5,155 wagons of food grains and sugar; 20,543 wagons of fertilizers and 6,555 wagons of onions for the benefit of farmers; 43,824 wagons of petroleum products; 11,747 wagons of iron and steel; 28,299 wagons of cement; 1,37,760 container wagons and about 22,038 wagons of de-oiled cake and miscellaneous goods.

Railways have formed a multidisciplinary Business Development Unit (BDU) at Zonal level and Divisional levels on Central Railway. This unit consisting of senior officers interacts frequently with trade and industry to generate more traffic for Railways. They are the #corona warriors at field level keeping the supply chain intact.