From April 2-8, Railways delivered a complete of two,58,503 wagons containing commodities out of which 1,55,512 wagons carried important gadgets.
- Last Updated: April 10, 2020, 11:12 PM IST
Railways has transported round 6.75 lakh wagons carrying items together with about 4.50 lakh wagons with important commodities corresponding to foodgrains, salt, sugar, edible oil, coal and petroleum merchandise since March 23, a press release from the nationwide transporter mentioned Friday.
From April 2-8, it delivered a complete of two,58,503 wagons containing commodities out of which 1,55,512 wagons carried important gadgets.
This consists of 21,247 wagons of foodgrains, 11,336 wagons of fertilizer, 1,24,759 wagons of coal and seven,665 wagons of petroleum merchandise, it mentioned.
The assertion mentioned the federal government has granted a slew of exemptions and relaxations for the agriculture and allied sectors with respect to the 21-day lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic in order to make sure that farmers don’t undergo from any antagonistic fall out.
The Department of Fertilizers of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers can be making all efforts to make sure an sufficient provide of fertilizers for the upcoming kharif season, it mentioned.
The assertion additional mentioned the Department of Fertilizers is intently monitoring the manufacturing, motion and availability of fertilizers and is in common contact with state governments and Ministry of Railways on the identical.
“Amidst the COVID-19 lockdown, the railways is also working closely with the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and has moved more than 800 rakes carrying over 20 Lakh MT food grains across the country since March 24. FCI is able to meet the increasing demand of foodgrains by gearing up the pace of supply of wheat and rice throughout the country mostly by rail,” it mentioned.
Railways has additionally launched 109 timetable parcel trains to provide important commodities together with perishable horticulture produce, seeds, milk and dairy merchandise. Approximately, 59 routes for these particular parcel trains have been notified for the reason that starting of the lockdown.
“With this, almost all the important cities of India will get connected for transportation of essential and perishable goods at a fast speed. These services are expected to be further scaled up as per requirement,” it mentioned.