GUWAHATI: In order to improve transportation of freight traffic, Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has opened new stations for handling inward and outward goods traffic. Few more railway stations have been opened for freight traffic during last month enabling easier transportation of various goods by customers, said Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NFR.
To boost outward freight traffic Udalguri station under Rangiya division has been opened for the handling of outward goods booking facility for stone chips and boulder traffic for a period of three months from August 3.
Similarly, Vishwanath Charali station under Rangiya division has been opened for the handling of all inward goods traffic except Coal, POL, Live Stock, Explosive and Crane consignment on an experimental basis for a period of six months from August 24.
Lanka station under Lumding division has been opened for handling outward Coal traffic too. On the other hand, Belonia station under Lumding division has been opened for inward traffic of Stone Chips, Ballast and Boulder traffic.
Gauripur station under Alipurduar division has also been opened for handling of inward FCI traffic.
The step has proved to be beneficial for booking of both inward and outward goods from these stations including handling of COVID-19 parcel trains, said the CPRO adding that transportation of essential commodities to and from nearby areas of these stations have now become easier during the pandemic situation.
“These steps will also boost the economy at the grass-root level as local traders will now be able to bring and book items through these stations by availing the newly provided facilities. As a result of the initiatives record, 897 rakes have been unloaded at various freight terminals during August 2020 as against 722 during the same month of last year. This is an improvement of about 25%,” said Chanda.