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Special Parcel Train loaded by Indian Railways to Bangladesh for the first time

Special Parcel Train loaded by Indian Railways to Bangladesh for the first time

A special Parcel train has been loaded by the Indian Railways to be transported to Benapole in Bangladesh for the first time. The train will carry Dry Chillies from Reddy Palem in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh state.

Key Points:

  • The district of Guntur and areas surrounding it are well known for the cultivation of chillies. The farm produce is known internationally for its quality and uniqueness.
  • Dry Chillies were earlier transported to Bangladesh by the farmers and merchants by road in small quantities, which used to cost around Rs.7000/tonne.
  • The lockdown had halted the movement of the goods, which was later undertaken by the Indian railways which needed the bulk mobilisation of the products, at least over 1500 tonnes per trip.
  • To resolve the issue the Guntur Division of South Central Railway started the initiative to move small quantities, that is up to 500 tonnes per trip through the Special Parcel Express to Bangladesh.
  • The cost per tonne for transportation by Special Parcel Express is Rs.4,608, which is very economical and cost-effective in comparison to Road transport.
  • The Indian Railways is also transporting essential items such as food, medical equipment, medical supplies etc. in small parcel sizes.

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