WR Press Release No. 2020/08Mumbai, 21stAugust , 2020
WESTERN RAILWAY TO RUN onE MORE PARCEL SPECIAL TRAIN BETWEEN
DEWAS AND MUMBAI CENTRAL
Western Railway with its commitment towards the nation, is continuing to transport the supply of essential commodities across the nation, during this difficult time of corona pandemic. In continuation to this, one more parcel special is scheduled to run between Dewas and Mumbai Central. Four Parcel Special trains, including a milk special rake departed on 21st August, 2020 from WR viz. Bandra Terminus to Jammu Tawi and Porbandar to Shalimar parcel special. An indented rake left from Karambeli to New Guwahatiand a milk special from Palanpur to Hind Terminal.
According to a press release issued byShri Sumit Thakur -Chief Public Relations Officer ofWestern Railway, a parcel special train is scheduled to run between Mumbai Central and Dewas. Train No 00931 Dewas- Mumbai Central parcel special train will depart from Dewas at 19.30 hrs on 23rdAugust, 2020 to reach Mumbai Central at 04.30 hrs on 25th August, 2020. This train will halt at Geratpur and Ahmedabad station. Shri Thakur further added that since 23rd March to 20thAug, 2020, commodities weighing above 1.03 lakh tonnes have been transported by Western Rly through its 480 parcel special trains, which mainly included agricultural produce, medicines, fish, milk etc. The revenue generated through this transportation, has been approx. Rs 33.23 crore. During this period, 76 milk special trains were run by Western Rly, with a load of more than 57 thousand tonnes and 100% utilization of the wagons, generating revenue of approx Rs 9.95 crore. Similarly, 379 Covid-19 special parcel trains with a load of above 34 thousandtonnes were also run to transport various essential commodities, for which the revenue earned was Rs 17.53 crore. In addition to this, 25 indented rakes carrying more than 10 thousand tonnes were also run with almost 100% utilization generating revenue of more than Rs 5.76 crore. During the lockdown period from 22nd March till 20th August, 2020, total12,520rakes of goods trains have been used by WR to supply essential commodities amounting to 25.97 million tonnes. The revenuethrough these goods trainswas above Rs 3101 crore. 24,638 freight trains have been interchanged with other zonal railways, in which 12,323trains were handed over and 12,315trains taken over at different interchange points.
LOSS OF PASSENGER REVENUE DUE TO LOCKDOWN
The total loss of revenue over Western Railway on account of Corona Virus, has been approx. Rs 2230 crore, which includes aboutRs 335 crore for suburban section and approx. Rs 1895 crore for non-suburban. Inspite of this, resulting to cancellation of tickets since 1stMarch, 2020 to 20th Aug, 2020, Western Railway has ensured to return refund amount of Rs.417.18 crore. It's worth mentioning that in this refund amount, Mumbai division alone, has ensured refund ofRs 200.86 crore. Till now, 63.73 lakh passengers have cancelled their tickets over entire Western Railway & have received their refund amount accordingly.