General Manager holds Press Meet on Freight Initiatives and Achievements of Southern Railway




Shri John Thomas, General Manager, Southern Railway convened a Virtual Press Meet today, 8th of September, 2020.  Shri R.Shanmugaraj, AGM, Ms. Neenu Ittyerah, Principal Chief Operations Manager, Shri R. Dhananjayulu, Principal Chief Commercial Manager , Shri K. Raveendra Babu, CAO/Construction/Chennai Egmore and Shri Prafulla Verma, CAO/Construction/Ernakulam participated in the Press Meet.  Representatives from Press & Media joined the Press Meet through virtual means.

 General Manager made a presentation on  the freight initiatives of Indian Railways and various measures taken by Southern Railway to enhance freight traffic.  General Manager elucidated the various freight incentive schemes, concessions and discounts available for freight customers.  He elaborated on the crucial role played by the zone’s Business Development Units (under the aegis of Chief Freight Transportation Manager at Zonal and Sr.Divisional Operating Managers at Divisional Levels)  as one stop solution for handling  freight and parcel proposals from customers.    He apprised Media of the various initiatives of Southern Railway in enhancing freight revenue by exploring new streams of traffic.

Furthermore, the General Manager detailed the various infrastructural developments and the status of various ongoing projects.  Besides, various achievements of Southern Railway during CoVID lockdown such as running of Parcel Cargo Express trains, Shramik Specials , Passenger Special trains, role of Perambur Railway Hospital in CoVID treatment were also enlisted during the Presentation by GM.

The Presentation was followed by a  Q&A session.  Shri John Thomas, GM and Principal Heads of Departments answered the queries posted by press persons on various rail-related subjects.

Southern Railway appreciates the solidarity expressed by Press & Media in participating in General Manager’s Press Meet through virtual means and looks forward to your  cooperation in disseminating Southern Railway’s initiatives and developmental works for the benefit of public and stakeholders.