South Central Railway has been continually taking steps to ensure uninterrupted supply of Essential commodities by operating both Special Parcel Express trains as well as Freight trains. As part of this, now the Zone has come up with a unique concept of running “Jai Kisan” Special freight trains so as to ensure speedy delivery of food-grains to different parts of the country.
Under this concept, two freight trains loaded from two different destination will clubbed at the nearest junction point and will be moved as single train up to the common junction point of the destination stations taking the advantage of the path availability due to non-running of passenger carrying trains.
In the normal circumstances, one freight train containing 42 covered wagons loaded with food grains will carry around 2600 tonnes. But in the new concept two freight trains means 42+42 =84 covered wagons with 5200 tonnes capacity food grains will be moved in a single path. This concept drastically reduces the journey time of the freight trains to reach destinations and will serve the present purpose.
Before starting with this concept, during the period from 01st April to 13thApril, 2020, SCR has loaded a total of 160 freight trains containing food grains of weight 4.38 lakh tonnes and transported to different parts of the country. Major food grain loading destination on the zone are: Nizamabad, Peddapalli, Karimnagar, Warangal, Nekkonda, Kazipet, Sultanabad, Miryalguda in the state of Telangana. Similarly, Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Nidadavolu, Eluru, Vijayawada, Gudivada, Machilipatnam, Tanuku and Pallakollu are major loading stations in the state of Andhra Pradesh .These food-grain rakes are transported majorly towards the Southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. The zone has also recently started transporting foodgrains to West Bengal as well.
The zone has started this concept by running two Jai Kisan Special freight trains. The First train was moved from Dornakal Junction in Telangana on SCR to Southern Railway (Sevuru and Chettinad)by clubbing the two food grains trains at Dornakal Junction. Similarly, the Second Jai Kisan Special train was also clubbed at Dornakajl Junction in Telangana and moved to Southern Railway (Dindigal and Mudiyapakkam). Significantly, these trains have registered an average speed of 44 kmph, fulfilling the objective of speedy movement of the essential commodities.
Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, SCR appreciated the efforts of officers and staff for introducing the Jai Kisan Special Freight trains which will reduce the running time of the essential commodities during this critical times. Under this concept, essential commodities will be transported faster than usual and which is the need of the hour, he added.