In order to ensure the supply of essentials, the Western Railways has decided to run a special parcel train from Okha, Gujarat to Guwahati, Assam today, May 1. The parcel train will be carrying medicines, medical equipment, food grains and other essential commodities covering a distance of over 3,000 km passing through six states, amidst the countrywide lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
As quoted by a national daily, Pradip Sharma, representative, Ahmedabad division of Western Railways said, “The train number 00949 will run from Okha and cover stations such as Jamnagar, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Ahmedabad, Anand and Chhayapuri in Gujarat, Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh, Kota, Sawai Madhopur and Bayana in Rajasthan, Agra Fort, Tundla, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Mugalsarai in Uttar Pradesh, Patna, Katihar, Muzaffarpur in Bihar and New Bogaigaon, Changsari and Guwahati in Assam, covering a total of 3,225 km in three days.”
As per the officials of the Western Railways, the parcel train will run on May 1, today and will reach its destination on May 3. The train will return back to Okha on May 7.
However, more than 15,000 tonnes of essential items have been transported in the month of April in various parcel trains across the country. Products including face masks, gloves, vaccines, surgical bedsheets, sanitizers, medical goods, surgical equipment, floor cleaners, PPE kits. Also, food items like milk and milk products, food grains, ghee, fruits have been transported by such parcel trains as of yet.