COVID-19 : Railways gears up to meet demands for Parcel Trains for long & short haul movement


Agencies, New Delhi

With an aim to meet the demands of the state governments to maintain the supply of chain for essentials goods, the country’s life line Indian Railway(IR) has geared up to run the long and short haul movements of the parcel trains.

So far, Indian Railways has loaded 30 ‘Special Parcel Trains’ to various destinations all over the country for essential commodities such as transportation of milk, foodgrains, edible oil, salt, sugar, coal, cement, milk, vegetables and fruits.

Indian Railways has also been running ‘Milk Specials’ from Palanpur (Gujarat) to Palwal (near Delhi), and from Renigunta (AP) to Delhi, Milk products from Kankariya (Gujarat) to Kanpur (UP) and Sankrail (near Kolkata) and Food products from Moga (Punjab) to Changsari (Assam).

Encouraged by the outstanding performance of its employees, Zonal Railways have now started running ‘Time tabled Parcel Trains’ from March31, for ten routes on different days of the week.

In order to ensure speedy delivery and availability of vital goods and commodities across the nation in the times of lockdown to fight COVID- 19 , Indian Railway is identifying routes for other areas as well. Special Parcel Trains can also be planned as per the demand. Special Parcel trains to connect vital corridors have been identified by Zonal Railways.

Zonal Railways have been reaching out and coordinating with State Governments to identify the transportation requirement for short distance within the state. On the request of Madhya Pradesh State Government, West Central Railway has taken an initiative of running five Parcel specials within Madhya Pradesh on the routes Bhopal- Gwalior, Itrasi- Bina,Bhopal- Khandwa,Rewa- Anooppur,Rewa- Singrauli.

It may be noted that special Parcel Services of Indian Railways are running with as per the time table, having pre defined scheduled stoppages.
Any commodity can be booked in any quantity 'from' or 'to' any of these stations. All efforts are made to move the commodities in an efficient manner for timely delivery of stock.

Local industries, e-commerce companies, any interested groups, organizations, individuals and prospective loaders can also contact Railway officials at zonal level, contact details of Railway officials at various stations have also been circulated and made available so that anyone can contact to load the parcel. Zonal Railways have been reaching out prospective clients through various modes of communication including advertisements