The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has already operated more than 1200 inbound freight trains during the lockdown period from March 25 to May 24, an official release informed.
Freights include foodgrains, FCI rice, edible oil, salt, sugar, iron/steel, fly ash, fertilizer, Husk, maize, coal, cement, auto, container etc, NFR stated in the release.
These inbound freight trains were mostly unloaded in Jorhat, New Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, New Guwahati, Silchar, Agartala, Azara, Changsari, Barpeta Road, Harmuti, New Cooch Behar, Dhupguri, Tezpur, New Jalpaiguri, Katihar and various other locations, it said.
Similarly, more than 200 of Parcel Special trains arriving in Guwahati, New Guwahati, Azara, Changsari, Agartala & New Tinsukia from major industrial hubs situated in Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Bangalore and Kolkata Area were unloaded for quick distribution of essential commodities to remote markets to provide relief to the public, it added.
In order to ensure hassle-free booking and delivery of Parcel & freight consignments, all Railway Officials at every level were put into the job so that wheels of rail never stopped, infored the release issued by NFR’s Chief Public Relations Officer Subhanan Chanda.
NFR has achieved delivery such a huge quantity of essential commodity with just mandatory skeleton staff and a pivotal role in ensuring the availability of essential commodities and medical equipment in this region at this hour of crisis, it said.
The Parcel Express trains carried essential commodities like Milk, various Milk Products, Medicine, Mask, Personal Protection Equipment, Sanitizer for hospital uses, and Sanitizer for Personal Use, and other essential items.
The NFR has been operating a few COVID-19 Parcel Special Trains in few selective routes such as – 1) Guwahati – Agartala & back, 2) Guwahati – Dibrugarh & back, 3) Guwahati – Mandipathar & back, 4) Guwahati – Howarh & back, 5) Guwahati – New Jalpaiguri & back in recent times. This is to ensure that various producers of this region can avail of the transportation facility amidst a nationwide lockdown period.
Due to this endeavour, NFR has been able to transport more than 1200 tons of material containing sanitizer, mask, medicine, other goods etc, the release said.
During the Nationwide lockdown period, Railways have demonstrated agility and ingenuity to cater to completely new requirements that arose in India’s fight against COVID-19, it added.