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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of novel coronavirus in the country, East Coast Railway (ECoR) has offered to run parcel trains for the transportation of essential commodities.

Transportation of essential items (medical supplies, medical equipment, food items etc) is going to be very important during the lockdown period in the wake of COVID19. In order to mitigate the difficulties to a certain extent, the Indian Railways had come forward and decided to open its services for transportation of essential items in parcel special trains (up to 20 VPUs), stated the ECoR.

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As part of the decision by the Indian Railways, the East Coast Railways has offered interested parties, including businessmen and traders to immediately contact ECoR officials with their proposals, if any, so that ‘time tabled runs can be introduced’, an official release of ECoR read.

The ECoR also mentioned that the Western Railway division has finalised a time tabled Parcel Express train to the ECoR from Kankariya near Ahmedabad in Gujarat to Cuttack which will transport essential goods such as milk product, edible oil, spices, groceries, and biscuits

“In addition to these, other probable parcel cargo trains are under consideration and can be finalised subjected to local administration permitting movement of trucks and labour handling at originating and terminating points. Talks with concerned traders are also going on in this regard,” added ECoR in the release.

Interested traders and businessmen, NGOs and others can contact the following officials of ECoR in case they want to send materials to any destination:

Senior Divisional Commercial Managers at Sambalpur- SambeetNayak, Mobile No- 8455886950

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Khurda Road- P K Samal, Mobile No- 8455887950

Waltair- Suneel Kumar, Mobile No- 8978080950

Deputy Chief Commercial Manager at Bhubaneswar- HL Luwang HL Luwang, Mobile No- 8455885955

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