To keep a tab on irregularities in booking, loading and delivery of goods, the Indian Railways is soon to connect 224 stations across the country with the Information Technology backed Parcel Management System (PMS).
The system would keep a complete record of the parcel from the time it reaches the station to booking, loading, and delivery destinations. As a pilot project, it has already connected seven stations on Delhi-Howrah route with the system.
In the first phase it aims to connect 119 stations across the country and the rest would be connected in second phase.
The parcel office at New Delhi station was computerised in 2006. Now, New Delhi, Howrah, Kanpur Central, Allahabad, Gaya and Sealdah stations are connected with the parcel management system.
The system would keep a complete record of the parcel from the time it reaches the station to booking, loading, and delivery destinations. The initiative is seen as a measure taken after the increasing complaints of theft, stealing and security breach at the railway stations.
Under the computerised system, the weighting of the parcel, making PW bill, details of loading and unloading, issuing gate pass required for the delivery of parcel can be prepared in very short time. Moreover, parcel details and information can also be checked online from one terminal of the railway station to the other.