Guwahati: Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has transported more than 6847 inbound freight trains since the beginning of the lockdown, that is, from March 25 to November 30. Out of this, 1,102 freight trains were unloaded during November, which is the highest unloading done during a month.
This is 35.21% more than the unloading of freight trains done during the corresponding month of last year (815 freight rakes were unloaded in NFR during November 2019).
Goods like FCI rice, sugar, salt, pulses and other essential commodities, fertilizer, cement, coal, stone chips, iron/steel etc. were transported regularly to not only meet the essential requirement of common people but also to keep the local economic activity of all the regions going.
During November, in Assam 570 rakes of freight-carrying trains were unloaded of which 301 were loaded with essential commodities. 27 rakes in Nagaland, 61 rakes in Tripura, 3 rakes in Manipur, 1 rake in Mizoram and 5 rakes in Arunachal Pradesh were also unloaded during last month. 243 freight rakes in West Bengal and 187 freight rakes in Bihar were also unloaded during last month within the jurisdiction of NFR, said a release.
Improved terminal handling facility and improvement in mobility due to enhanced maintenance efforts and continuous monitoring at all level resulted in increased unloading and reduction in turnaround time.
The average speed of goods carrying trains in NFR also increased to almost double.