109 time tabled parcel trains introduced for nationwide transportation

New Delhi: Indian Railways has introduced unhindered services of 109 time tabled parcel trains for nationwide transportation of essential commodities and other goods to boost the availability of vital goods required for ordinary citizens, industry and agriculture.
This will connect over 58 routes to all the important centres, an official release here said.
Approximately, 58 routes (109 trains) for Parcel Special Trains have been notified since the start of the lockdown. Till April 5, 27 routes had been notified, of which 17 routes were regular scheduled services, while the remaining were for single trip only.
Subsequently, 40 new routes have been identified and notified (and frequency of some of the previous routes has been increased). With this, almost all the important cities of India will get connected for transportation of vital goods at a fast speed, and these services could even be scaled up.
The Railways has also been running other parcel trains as per demand of customers during this period,
including ‘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).
The Time Tabled parcel trains are planned as per the demand of the customers connecting vital corridors of the country — Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru. In addition, proper connectivity has also been ensured to Guwahati, to ensure supplies in the North-eastern region of the country.
Other important cities connected via these trains are Bhopal, Allahabad, Dehradun, Varanasi, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Ranchi, Gorakhpur, Thiruvananthapuram, Salem, Warangal, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatanam, Rourkela, Bilaspur, Bhusawal, Tatanagar, Jaipur, Jhansi, Agra, Nashik, Nagpur, Akola, Jalgaon, Surat, Pune, Raipur, Patna, Asansol, Kanpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Gwalior, Mathura, Nellore, and Jabalpur among others.
So far, approximately 32 pairs of parcel special have been notified as inter-Railway (long distance), while the remaining are intra-Railway (short distance).
Some of the longer routes for these Parcel Special trains are: Kalyan-Santragachi, New Delhi-Chennai, Salem-Bhatinda Yeswanthpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin, Ahmedabad-Guwahati and Kankariya-Sankrail.
The facility of transporting parcels through these trains can be availed by any person or company. As per the available trends, following goods are being transported across the length and breadth of the country: perishables (including eggs, fruits, vegetables, fish), medicines, medical equipment, masks, milk and dairy products, seeds (for agricultural use) and other general goods such as e-commerce consignments, packaged food items, books, stationary, and packing material.
Trains have been given en-route stoppages at all feasible locations, so that maximum possible clearance of parcels may be done.
Zonal Railways are publishing the time-tables of these trains in leading newspapers. In addition, regular customers and government agencies are also being contacted.