Amid lockdown, Indian Railways continues to deliver essential supplies like food grains through its freight services. In a bid to ensure that farm produce is transported without hindrance within the state and inter-state, Indian Railways have transported food grains even higher than the corresponding period of April, last year. According to Piyush Goyal chaired Railway Ministry, over 3.2 MT of food grains have been loaded by Indian Railways between 1 April and 16 April 2020 as compared to 1.29 MT of food grains in the same corresponding period last year. Also, for the delivery of bigger volumes at a faster speed, the national transporter came up with an innovative plan of joining two freight trains together.
According to the ministry, the Northern Railway zone has formed 5000 tonnes long haul loaded food grain trains. Up to 16 April 2020, 25 such Annapoorna trains have been formed and run by the zone. Like Northern Railways, now the South Central Zone has also come up with a unique concept of running “Jai Kisan” Special freight trains, as a part of this endeavor, so as to ensure speedy delivery of foodgrains to different parts of India. Under this, two goods trains loaded from two different originating railway stations are attached at the nearest junction point and operated as a single train up to the common junction point of the destination railway stations.