Western Railway, in collaboration with India Post, has begun the scheme of “Express Cargo Service” in Gujarat Express train, a new initiative under the aegis of Rail Post Gati Shakti Express Service, as yet another boost to the PM Gati Shakti programme.
The first consignment from Mumbai was loaded in Train No. 22953 Mumbai – Ahmedabad Gujarat Express on Thursday, which was flagged off by G V L Satyakumar, Divisional Railway Manager of Mumbai Central Division, and Veena R Srinivas, Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra Circle, along with other senior WR and India Post officials.
According to the press release by Western Railway Chief PRO Sumit Thakur, in order to provide seamless connectivity for the logistic movement of goods & parcels, “Express Cargo Service” under the aegis of Rail Post Gati Shakti Express Service initiative has been implemented.
The Joint Parcel Product in collaboration with Indian Railways & India Post has been developed to target Business to Consumer (B2C) & Business to Business (B2B) market. It focuses on the e-commerce & MSME market offering affordable prices as per the market trends of weight category between 35 kg to 100 kg. This initiative is pursuant to the recent budget announcement for providing end-to-end logistic solution. It will help in providing door to door experience with advanced security.
This service will be beneficial especially to e-Commerce companies, pharma companies, readymade cloth factories, manufacturers of engineering goods, motor vehicles parts, consumer products, etc…
The Rail Post Gati Shakti Express Service was first started as a pilot project on Western Railway’s Train No. 19045 Tapti Ganga Express departing from Surat station. This scheme was a first of its kind over Indian Railways and the first Parcel Van loaded with consignments departed from Surat for Varanasi on March 31, 2022.
This initiative is a big step by Western Railway and India Post for starting such a service from Mumbai which is the commercial capital of our country. It will help in tapping the potential for transporting domestic cargo by Railways. This service will provide end to end solutions to the aggregators at affordable prices and at a faster pace.