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839 27-04-2020
Railways transports more than 1150 Tonnes of medical items during lockdown

Indian Railways is ensuring seamless transportation of medical items on priority during the nationwide lock down due to COVID-19. Indian Railways continues to deliver medicines, masks, hospital items and other medical commodities through its timetabled parcel services to strengthen Government’s efforts in managing the challenges and adverse impact of corona virus in the country. 

As o­n 18.04.2020, Indian Railways has transported 1150 Tonnes medical items in various parts of the country. N.F. Railway has also transported nearly 2.50 tonnes of medical items to various N.E. States within its jurisdiction through parcel express trains.

The transportation of such items to all NE states is of great importance as these items are generally not manufactured in this region and states are heavily dependent o­n transportation of these items from outside. Mask, sanitizer and other medical items have become very essentials in view of the present spread of the COVID-19.

NFR also operated small size Parcel Express trains as per fixed Time Table timings towards Agartala (Tripura), Dibrugarh (Assam), Dimapur (Nagaland) and Mendipathar (Meghalaya) etc to ensure transportation of essential goods in small quantity including medical items.

It may be mentioned here that, Indian Railways is touching human lives during the hour of crisis. Recently, for an autistic child, skimmed camel milk was transported by a Parcel Train from Ajmer to Mumbai when the parents resorted for help o­n social media platform. Similarly, another autistic child in Ajmer suffering from serious ailments, had his stock of medicines run out, his relatives approached Railway officials and medicines were transported by a parcel train from Ahmadabad to Ajmer.

(Subhanan Chanda)
CPRO/N.F. Railway

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