GUWAHATI: The Indian Railways ran an Express Service for transportation of less than train load cargo through the first "Vyapar Mala Express". This is a special type of cargo service where traders can book part of the goods carrying rake as per their requirement or supply order. The first "Vyapar Mala Express" which left from Kishanganj station (in Delhi) of Northern Railway on August 1 to Jirania station in Tripura under Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) reached its destination in the morning of August 4. The train covered a distance of 2,360 kms in 68 hours only.
In the very first such initiative, 46 wagons with wheat were loaded from the Goniana station of Punjab. Then 10 wagons with rice and two wagons with pulses were loaded from Delhi Kishanganj station by local traders. The train then left for Jirania.
This facility by the Railways is a golden opportunity for small and medium business houses or traders to transport their produces or products to any part of the country by railway speedily within a short time.
So it has now provided ample scope to traders to transport perishable items also through this type of faster and environment-friendly mode. The common people will also be benefitted due to the reduced cost and time of transportation, the release added.