Southern Railway’s Parcel Cargo trains carries 2338 tonnes of essential Commodities during lockdown


Southern Railway introduced Parcel Cargo Express Train (PCET) on 1st April between Dr.MGR Chennai Central and New Delhi on round trip basis. Based on further demand this service was made on a daily basis and extended upto May 3rd and three more daily services were introduced on round trip basis between Dr.MGR Chennai Central and Coimbatore, which got extended upto Shoranur, Chennai Egmore to Nagercoil and Calicut to Trivandrum which got extended upto Nagercoil. Also a train from Mumbai to Dr.MGR Chennai Central on a round trip basis is being operated on a daily basis.

Using these services Southern Railway has transported from April 1st till 20th April various commodities totaling a weight of  471 tonnes. The majority of them being food and dairy products weighing 225.2 tonnes. This includes vegetables and fruits transported. Medicines and medical equipments weighing 80300 kg and 39040 kg respectively, totaling 120 tonnes, were also transported. Along with these 89.1 tonnes of printed materials, 7620 kg of RMS (Rail Mail service) parcels, 1000 kg of fish consignment and 2000 kg of Papad have been transported.

Southern Railway has also run four trips of on-demand parcel train service from Salem to Punjab and Haryana and transported 1867 tonnes of cottonseed thus aiding agricultural activities in the country.

These parcel cargo express train have gained patronage amongst traders wanting to transport essential commodities across the nation.