- Highest ever Parcel Revenue recorded in the history of SCR
The focused approach of the Zone for ensuring that the supply chain of the essential commodities remains robust combined with the Policy initiatives introduced by the Ministry of Railways (including both Tariff and non-Tariff concessions) have resulted in South Central Railways recording its highest ever Parcel earnings, since its inception. Overcoming the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zone has earned revenue of Rs.200 crores by loading 4.78 lakh tones of Parcels in the current financial year 2021-2022 (up to 19th March 2022) as against the total annual Parcel revenue of Rs.108.3 crores in 2020-21.
Various customer friendly initiatives introduced by Indian Railways like advance booking facility of parcel space, timetabled parcel trains and the consistent efforts of Business Development Units (BDU) teams set up at Divisional level and Zonal level has yielded results and helped in capturing new traffic, diverting the traffic from road to rail and also in retaining the existing traffic.
In addition, innovative concepts introduced by Railways such as Kisan Rail – for assisting the farming community across the Nation for transporting their agricultural produces at a reasonably cheaper transport cost for exploring the new marketing avenues for better price realization and Doodh Duronto (exclusive milk specials) – for transporting the essential perishable commodity i.e., milk to the National Capital, New Delhi have played a crucial role. These have immensely assisted the traders, cargo operators and farmers, especially those who are handling small quantities for transporting their consignments in a safe, secure, economical and fastest mode as per the planned schedule.
All these factors enormously contributed to the Zone registering it’s highest ever Parcel revenue. The Zone has started 473 Kisan Specials transporting 1.57 lakh tones agricultural commodities to various parts of the country and generating Rs.72.67 crores in revenue. Doodh Duronto – the novel initiative started by the Zone during the COVID lockdown for transporting Milk to the National Capital, New Delhi – has helped in transporting 7.22 crore liters of milk in this financial year, thereby generating Rs. 34.03 crores in revenue. This is more than double the average amount milk transported in the pre-COVID times. In addition, an amount of Rs.73.62 crores has earned from non-leased traffic wherein parcels were transported by both regular passenger carrying trains and time-tabled parcel special trains. Further, an amount of Rs.20.08 crores was generated from leasing of parcel space in 62 SLRs and 5 Parcel Vans.
On this occasion, Shri Sanjeev Kishore, General Manager, South Central Railway complimented the efforts put in by the Zonal and Divisional teams of Operating and Commercial branches in achieving the best ever parcel revenue in the history on SCR. He advised the teams to maintain the same momentum going forward to continue assisting particularly the small and medium consignors in transporting their commodities across the length and breadth of the nation.