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Southern Railway introduced Parcel Cargo Express specials from 1st April, 2020 primarily to carry essential commodities during the Nation -wide lockdown.  Food grains, life saving drugs and medical essentials, vegetables, fruits, newspapers, seeds and other agro-industrial inputs were booked  by various organizations and other government departments. Owing to increasing patronage, Southern Railway identified major routes for running Time tabled Parcel Cargo Express trains.  Presently, daily services of Parcel Specials on round trip basis are being run in the following sectors:

1. Dr MGR Chennai Central – Coimbatore- Dr.MGR Chennai Central

2. Thiruvananthapuram – Kozhikode- Thiruvananthapuram

3. Chennai Egmore – Nagercoil- Chennai Egmore

4. Dr MGR Chennai Central - New Delhi- Dr.MGR Chennai Central

5. Mumbai- Dr.MGR Chennai Central- Mumbai.

Beside the above the following Parcel Cargo Express train (daily services) pass through Dr.MGR Chennai Central and  it is open for parcel loading and unloading.

1. Yeswantpur-Howrah- Yeswanthpur ( via Dr MGR Chennai Central)

All these above daily parcel train services have been extended upto May 3, 2020.

Southern Railway has registered  earnings of Rs.1.18 crore from  these Parcel trains (upto 15-4-2020).  A total of 2150 tonnes of various consignments have been transported so far in this critical times of lockdown transporting medicines, medical equipments, food products, masks and hand sanitisers. This earnings and tonnage transported includes earnings and tonnage  of cotton seeds transported from Salem to Bhatinda (Punjab) (2 trips) and salem to Hissar (Haryana) (2 trips) for agricultural purposes.