Indian Railways continues in its endeavour to ensure availability of essential commodities through its freight and parcel services during the lock down due to COVID-19.
Railways Freight is showing forward movement as lockdown is getting lifted. In the month of May, Railways has transported 82.27 million tonnes of essential commodities compared to 65.14 million tonnes in April. This is a hike of 25 percent.
In total, from 1st April to 9th June, Indian Railways has transported 175.46 million tonnes of essential commodities through its uninterrupted 24X7 freight trains operations across the country.
From 24th March till now, more than 31.90 lakh wagons carried supplies to keep the supply chain functional. Of these, more than 17.81 lakh wagons carried essential commodities like food grains, salt, sugar, milk, edible oil, onions, fruits and vegetables, petroleum products, coal, and fertilizers throughout the country.
Apart from this, 3,861 Parcel Trains have also been run of which 3,755 are time-tabled trains. Over one lakh 37 thousand tonnes of consignment have been loaded in these Parcel Trains. Railways has made railway parcel vans available for quick mass transportation by e-commerce entities and other customers including state governments.