Tiruchirappalli Division sets up Business Unit to focus freight business

Continuing with the sustained focus being given on increasing the freight business carried out by the Railways, as per the directions of the Railway Board, Business Development Unit (BDU) has been set up at Tiruchchirappalli Division (Divisional level). Similar units are being set up at all Divisions over Southern Railway. The focus of these units are to double the freight carried by Railways by 2024, with particular focus in strengthening Railways’ share in existing traffic and at the same time to attract non-bulk goods traffic which is now being moved by road.

As part of it, Shri Ajay Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager, Tiruchchirappalli approved setting up of a multi disciplinary Business Development Unit at the Divisional level comprising Junior Administrative Grade officers from all major relevant fields. Shri M. Boopathiraja, Senior Divisional Operations Manager (9003864900) would be the Convener of the BDU and will have Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Senior Divisional Finance Manager and Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer as its Members.

Railways has been continuously taking several policy initiatives for the benefit of the freight customers and the newly formed Business Development Unit will have regular interactions with both the existing and new customers to appraise them of all the new initiatives and the policy/transportation benefits from the railways. The Business Development Unit will serve as a nodal point to facilitate Industry and Trade representatives as well as Rail freight customers to get in touch with Railways and take necessary steps to have expeditious clearance of their proposals for freight movement.

In this context, it may be mentioned that Tiruchchirappalli Division is putting continuous efforts in moving essential commodities post the nation-wide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. In the First Quarter of the Current Financial Year 2020-21 during the period from (April 2020 to June 2020), the Division moved 3,11,967 Metric Tonnes of food grains to various destinations. Besides the food grains, it has also loaded 18,20,507 Metric Tonnes of Coal, 48,252 Metric Tonnes of Cement, 57,287 Metric Tonnes of Fertilizer, 12,145 Metric Tonnes of Ironore and 12,487 Metric Tonnes of other commodities.