The Northeast Frontier Railway has started operating one lease Parcel Cargo Express Train (PCET) on fortnightly basis, connecting Northeastern part of the country to the West Coast, a statement from the ministry said today.
The PCET has been started in line with the Government's priority to provide connectivity to the Northeast region and empowering the local industries there, the statement said.
"This move would enable farmers to market their products like tea, betal nuts, pineapple, jute, horticulture products, cane furniture at the retail markets in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Nagpur, Pune. This initiative will not only promote industries of the region particularly but will also provide sustainable job opportunity to the local youths including unskilled labour," the statement said.
The PCET has emerged as a business tool and this has been done without any additional strain on the resources of the railways.
These leased PCETs will also generate substantial revenue to the railways in their contractual periods of six years each. The unit transportation cost through PCET will be relatively less than the cost of road transportation, the statement said.
"The transporters as well as ultimate consumers will be benefited on account of less transportation cost. A single PCET can carry consignment equivalent to 52 trucks. This will ensure less carbon emission which will contribute for green India and saving of foreign exchange on account of purchasing of fuel," it said.
Several other zonal Railways have also taken initiatives to lease out PCETs on round trip.
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