COVID19 OUTBREAK: Coal, Foodgrains e.g. wheat and rice are being loaded from different loading points in its jurisdiction.
Parcel train carrying food items including Amul and other essential products, received.
Despite 21 days lockdown and Covid-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Railways has taken a 21 days challenge ensuring an uninterrupted supply of essential commodities throughout the country. In essential commodities, Indian Railways is transporting food grains, petroleum products, coal, fruits & vegetables, milk, edible oil, sugar and salt, etc.
Keeping in view the essentials of foodgrains, coal and petroleum products, East Coast Railway has taken a 21-day challenge ensuring an uninterrupted supply of coal to different powerhouses across the country along with foodgrains, petroleum products and other essential commodities.
People at different places of the country especially in South India, getting rice from the market or through public distribution during this period is mostly supplied from East Coast Railway jurisdiction. Rice is being loaded at Hirakud, Balangir, Bargarh and Dungripali Stations and being sent towards Sarai, Katihar, Tata, Karpoorigram, Tatisilwai/Namkon, Jasidih/Madhupur and Dumka, etc. During the period, i.e. from 22nd to 28th March, 2020 a total of 6 trains of rice have been loaded from ECoR jurisdiction and sent to different destinations.
Similarly, Coal from Talcher area, Paradeep, Visakhapatnam and Damara are being sent to different power plants in different states of the country.
In the first eight days of the lockdown period, i.e. from 22nd to 29th March, 2020; altogether 1012 trains of essential commodities have been transported from East Coast Railway jurisdiction towards different destinations of the country that includes 649 trains of coal, 8 trains of Rice, 23 trains of petroleum products, 7 trains of fertilizer and 325 trains of other essential products.
These apart, essential commodities like foodgrains including paddy items and sugar, edible oils, Milk products, etc have been received by this Railway at different unloading points.
In a concept, “You Stay Safe at Home, We bring Essential Commodities to You”, the unsung warriors of East Coast Railway like Loco-Pilots, Asst. Loco-Pilots, Guards, Station Masters, Token Porters, Goods Clerks and other staff from asset maintenance categories like Signalling, electrical, Mechanical, Engineering, Security are working round the clock to ensure supply of essential commodities to the people in different parts of the country. Steps have been taken to ensure social distancing and other precautions for the workers engaged at Goods Sheds.
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