SOUTH EASTERN RAILWAY
2.27 LAKH TONNES FOOD GRAINS AND ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES UNLOADED AT TERMINALS, TRANSPORTED BY SER IN THE MONTH OF APRIL
Kolkata, 4thMay, 2020:
In view of nationwide lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, uninterrupted supply of essential commodities across the country is a challenge to the Railways. South Eastern Railway, as per the guidelines given by the Ministry of Railways, has already intensified its entire network for unabated movement of goods trains.
South Eastern Railway, during the phase-wise lockdown, has already unloaded2,26,829 tonnes of food grains ,salt and fertilizer by hauling 99 rakesat different stations and sidings of South Eastern Railway for serving the people of West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand. Out of this,1,44,709 tonnes of rice by 66 rakes, 58,358 tonnes of wheat by 24 rakes, 13,250 tonnes of fertilizersby 5 rakes and 10,512 tonnes of salt by 4 rakes had been ferriedand unloaded at different locations of South Eastern Railway viz.Midnapur, Kalaikunda, Kharagpur, Balasore, Rupsa, Bankura, Purulia, Adra, Bokaro Steel City, Chandil, Namkon, Tatisilwai etc. during the period from 1st April to 30th April, 2020.
In addition to this,465 trips of Parcel Express trainswere runby this Railway carrying essential commodities viz., fruits, vegetables, fishes, eggs, ginger, garlic, groceries, medicines,medical equipmentsincluding PPE Kits, masks, sanitizers etc. to different placesin the countryfrom 2nd April to 30th April, 2020.
With the overwhelming responsesandactive participation of a dedicated workforce of frontline warriorsof S. E. Railway viz., Loco Pilots, Guards, Trackmen, Station Masters, Parcel and Goods shed staff working at stations and divisional headquarterswho are rendering theiryeoman services to the nation inspite of nationwide lockdown, thiskind of massive taskhas been materialized. South Eastern Railway is committed to serve during any eventuality.