For first time, BDU of Indian Railways’ Mumbai Division transported textile from Chalthan to Shalimar; details

To keep the supply of essential commodities moving, Indian Railways’ goods and parcel special trains have been traversing across the country continuously. For the first time, textile weighing 202.4 tonnes was transported by the Business Development Unit (BDU) of Western Railways’ Mumbai Division from Chalthan to Shalimar in Kolkata recently, tapping onto the huge potential of Surat’s textile market. According to Western Railways, the move has resulted in revenue generation of Rs 9.66 lakhs. The Mumbai Division, in the current fiscal, has transported 225 on demand VPs generating an amount of Rs 2.40 crore revenue till the end of August 2021.

The zone said that regular indents for VPU has been received from Chalthan and Surat stations for Shalimar, Tata Nagar as well as other well known destinations. With permission to use NMG rake for parcel loading, Western Railways’ Mumbai Division aggressively marketed the item amongst textile industry majors. The zonal railway further mentioned that recently BDU of Vadodara Division also made a remarkable achievement of transporting 240 tonnes of raw bananas from Vadodara Yard to Adarsh Nagar in Delhi through Kisan Rail.

From 1 April 2021 to 1 September 2021, the Western Railway zone has transported various items including milk, agricultural produce, medicines, fish, medical equipment, etc., weighing over 1.1 lakh tonnes through its various parcel special train services.

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