Guwahati: Northeast Frontier Railway’s (NFR) efforts to increase freight traffic has borne fruits as there is an increase in loading trend of petroleum, oil and lubricants products, cement and timber and fire wood up to December 2020 of the current financial year.
This has also resulted into easier transportation of various goods by customers apart from helping local economy. The Business Development Units (BDU) created in all the five divisions of NFR are regularly getting in touch with existing and likely transportation agencies to know the actual need of various industries.
To further augment freight traffic, 17 stations have been opened for handling goods loading/ unloading, four stations have been opened for loading/ unloading of vehicles and 1 station opened for handling container traffic during the current financial year, said a release from NFR.
Cancellations of regular trains due to COVID-related restrictions hampered the overall parcel traffic. To cope with the situation to some extent, 9 stations of NFR spreading over all the five divisions have been notified for handling parcel traffic during the current financial year. Due to such initiative, new stream of traffic like food products etc are being transported by parcel trains for the first time. NFR is also offering 30 per cent discounts in 8 Time-tabled Parcel trains to help transporters from the region to transport their goods to various parts of the country.
“To help freight transporters in loading/ unloading of goods, “Round the Clock” working has been introduced in 10 goods sheds spreading over various states within NFR during the current financial year. The first Private Freight Terminal (PFT) in NFR of M/s Pristine Hindustan Infraprojects Pvt. Ltd has also started functioning at New Jalpaiguri station under Katihar division,” added the NFR release.