According to media reports, the train started from Vizianagaram on April 14 and carried about 200 tonnes of mangoes, packed in 11,600 boxes.
If you don’t know, Vizianagaram is known to be the hub of mangoes, and is transported in the north of Andhra Pradesh.
According to ANI, this service was started by the Waltair Division of East Coast Railway to ensure an uninterrupted supply of essential commodities.
A K Tripathi, senior divisional commercial manager said, “Taking into consideration the requirement by the mango traders, Waltair Division will run special parcel train services. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic situation, Waltair Division is making all efforts to continue the supply chain of essential commodities.”
You will be surprised to know that Indian railways earlier had similar services for other fruits too. Tejinder Singh from the Azadpur Mandi informed ANI, “The service started with oranges, which later extended to chiku, bananas and mangoes. Earlier, we used to get the product from the railway yard by truck, then to our godowns from there. This is better for us.”
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