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Parcel cargo train connecting NE to the west coast begins operations

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Northeast Frontier Railway has started operating one lease Parcel 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.

The route of this Parcel Express Train is - New Guwahati in to Kalyan in with stoppages at New Jalpaiguri, Kalumna goods shed.

"This move would enable farmers to market their products like tea, betal nuts, pineapple, jute, horticulture products, cane furniture at the 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 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 A single PCET can carry consignment equivalent to 52 trucks. This will ensure less carbon emission which will contribute for green 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.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 20:25 IST