Thiruvananthapuram railway division sets up development unit to woo freight customers

Southern Railway’s Thiruvananthapuram division has set up a business development unit to woo freight customers, and increase its share of freight traffic, as well as help logistics partners with ease of doing business (EoDB).

The setting up of the unit is in line with the Railway Board’s initiative to increase the railway’s share in India’s freight/logistics sector, and double the quantity of freight carried by the railways by 2024, SK Sinha, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Thiruvananthapuram division, said in a press release.

A Business Development Unit (BDU) has been set up at Thiruvananthapuram Division, Southern Railway to attract freight customers and to improve Ease of Doing Business(EoDB) at the divisional level. As per the instructions of Railway Board, BDU’s are constituted across all the zones and divisions of Indian Railway to enhance railway’s share in freight/logistics segment and double the quantity of freight carried by the railways by the year 2024.

The senior officials attached to the unit will have regular interaction with trade and industry to explore the possibility of attracting additional freight traffic to railways. The unit will give priority to transport of non-bulk goods like raw materials, finished goods, agricultural produce etc. The unit will also serve as a nodal point for speedy operationalisation of new traffic proposals at the divisional and zonal level. In this context, Indian Railways has introduced various schemes like Commodity Specific Rebate Schemes, Graded Rebate for Short Lead Traffic etc.On the technology front, various customer friendly initiatives like electronic Rail Receipt (eRR) integration etc has been completed in a time bound manner by the division, the release added.