The Indian Railways has re-introduced special parcel service, which was discontinued in 1974, to ensure supply of commodities across India. Although passenger train services have been discontinued due to Covid-19 restrictions, freight trains are running across the country and their speed has increased to 40 kmph from 30 kmph.
The railways has decided to carry essential commodities to different parts of the country in freight trains, and will run special parcel bogies to carry small quantities of essential items. The special trains and bogies can carry items like dairy products, medical equipment and medicines, groceries, edible oil and other food items.
The movement of parcel specials will be from point to point, as per rules and a minimum of five parcel bogies for the same destination can be loaded.