Central Railway’s Bhiwandi Road station has emerged as Mumbai Division’s most successful Business Development Unit. From its first dispatch of 86.85 tonnes of parcel in 3,879 packages by the first parcel train on 10.9.2020 to its recent dispatch till date, there has been 17 trips of parcel trains from Bhiwandi Road station to Shalimar, Guwahati, Patna and other places carrying a total of 2,676 tonnes of parcel in 1.74 lakh packages.
- The parcel train to Azara, Guwahati on 18.10.2020 has the highest loading with 343 tonnes of parcel in 24,941 packages.
- A total of 1.74 lakh packages weighing 2,676 tonnes have been dispatched till date from Bhiwandi Road station, which included furniture, refrigerators, electronic items, food items, food products, medicines, plastic items, bags, stationery, lubricant oil and cosmetics of popular brands like Godrej, onida, LG, Bajaj, Parle-G, Hindustan Lever, Del-Monte, Milton etc.
- As a part of the Business Development Unit (BDU) set up by Railways at Zonal and Divisional level, Central Railway has taken many initiatives to boost the freight and parcel loading by providing seamless and affordable connectivity to industry.
- The opening of Bhiwandi Road station for goods and parcels is one initiative taken by BDU to boost freight traffic in Railways.
- A New Parcel & Goods shed was opened at Bhiwandi Road railway station to handle the cargo parcel trains and goods trains.
- This initiative has met with a tremendous response.
- Bhiwandi Road railway station on Mumbai Division lies on the Vasai-Diva-Panvel route of CR.
- It is the connecting point of the North-South railway traffic and also connects the JNPT port with Railways.
- A halt station to more than 50 trains, Bhiwandi Road station has 5 platforms and all facilities like booking windows, waiting hall, PRS booking, station parking etc. for the benefit of passengers.
- Bhiwandi is an industrial town and a textile and warehousing hub. Many e-commerce companies like Amazon, Flipkart, Reliance, Snapdeal, and FedEx have branches in the town.
- Bhiwandi Road station has multiple advantages like proximity to Mumbai and Thane city, better connectivity by rail to North-South and JNPT port, suitable warehousing and e-commerce facilities and adequate parking space for trucks and tempos.
- This encouraging response will not only boost railway revenue but also help generate job opportunities for local people.
- Central Railway’s efforts in the development of Bhiwandi has changed the face of Bhiwandi from a halt station to an Important Commercial Centre.
Central Railway’s Mumbai Division transported 87 Mahindra Bolero pick-up vans from Kalamboli Station to Benapole, Bangladesh for the first time.
- Central Railway has set-up Business Development Units (BDU) at Zonal & Divisional level recently.
- These Business Development Units aggressively marketing to boost the freight and parcel loading of Railways.
- The BDU takes into consideration new proposals, schemes and suggestions submitted by the different freight aggregators, new customers, trade bodies and logistics companies.
- These initiatives by the BDUs yielded many new traffic and bridged a bond with trade and industry for new business.
- The Kalamboli station of Mumbai Division transported for the first time one New Modified Goods (NMG) rake of 23 wagons transported 87 Mahindra Bolero pick-up vans to Benapole, Bangladesh fetching the revenue of Rs. 21.29 lakhs.
- Central Railway has set up a siding at Kalamboli exclusively for transportation of automobile cars.
- These Mahindra Bolero pick-up vans were loaded by National Carrier Corporation a logistic partner for Railways and Mahindra & Mahindra company.
The Automobile industry attracted by Railways for its quick and economic transportation of their goods. Similar facilities were also provided for automobile transportation at Chinchwad station on Pune Division, Nashik station on Bhusaval Division, Butibori and Ajni stations on Nagpur Division and Bale station on Solapur division.
Source: Central Railway-Press Release | Image Credit: Central Railway