“Hungry for Cargo”: western railway transports maize

The Western Railway achieved yet another major landmark in its Hungry for Cargo’ drive – despite the pandemic — among its numerous efforts to boost business, when its Business Development Unit of Ratlam Division transported maize from Sehore.

Alok Kansal, General Manager, Western Railway, stated that M/s Radhey Shayam loaded its first outward rake of maize in bags in 21 BCN through Ratlam Division’s BDU.

The maize weight load of 1,332 tonnes, which was transported from Sehore in Madhya Pradesh to Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, earned the Western Railways revenue of more than Rs 15 lakh, Kansal said while urging the WR staff to highlight the ‘Tenets of Philosophy’ in their working.

The ‘Hungry for Cargo’ is one of the WR’s tenets highlighting customized solutions for potential customers’ businesses and the WR is reaching out to add more new commodities in its ambit for transportation through its policies and aggressive marketing efforts, he said.

The period 1st April to 23rd November, 2021 witnessed the Western Railway transporting commodities weighing almost 1.96 lakh tonnes through its 498 parcel special trains, which included agricultural produce, medicines, medical equipment, fish, milk etc.

The revenue generated through this transportation, has been approx. Rs. 69.86 crores.

Around 119 Milk Special trains were run by Western Rly, with a load of more than 83,800 tonnes and 100% utilization of the wagons, besides 110 Kisan Rails from various divisions carrying a load of about 29,000 tonnes.

Similarly, 135 COVID-19 special parcel trains carrying over 26,000 tonnes transported essential commodities, besides134 indented rakes carrying about 57,000 tonnes with 100% utilization.

The period from 1st April to 23rd November, 2021 also witnessed total 24,698 rakes of goods trains being by WR with 54.77 million tonnes of essential commodities — as compared to 48.75 million tonnes in the corresponding period last year.

Around 52,811 freight trains were interchanged with other zonal railways, of which 26,426 trains were handed over and 26,385 trains were taken over at different interchange points, a press release stated.