South Eastern Railway to set up Business Development Units to increase volume of freight traffic

With a view to extend the freight basket of Indian Railways, there is an urgent need to take planned measures to increase the existing volume of freight traffic. For this, South Eastern Railway (SER) is making all out efforts to increase its share in traditional commodities being carried and a strong foray is made into miscellaneous non-bulk goods.

  • To attract these miscellaneous non-bulk commodities for transportation by rail, South Eastern Railway, in accordance with the directives given by Railway Board, has decided to set up a multi-disciplinary Business Development Unit (BDU) comprising  of Senior Officers from various Departments at Zonal level coordinated by Chief Freight Transportation Manager. 
  • Similarly, Business Development Units will also be set up at Divisional level and will be coordinated by Sr. Divisional Operations Manager of respective divisions.
  • The main objective of such BDUs will be to put forward lucrative offers to fetch business from the traders and industries by frequent interactions with them. 
  • Any proposal received from the traders will be given top priority and analysed promptly.
  • In addition to the above, BDUs will also be functional at Railway Board level with a view to facilitate and give clearance to the proposals received from the zonal Railways. 

SER’s freight performance during lockdown: 

During the unprecedented lockdowns in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, South Eastern Railway has made all out efforts to run freight and Parcel trains services to maintain uninterrupted supply of essential commodities and other freight items to every nook and corner of the country.

During the first quarter of the current financial year i.e. April-June of 2020-21, South Eastern Railway has loaded 31.34 million tonnes of freight. Earnings from freight loading during the above period have been Rs. 2474.87 crores.

Source: South Eastern Railway-Press Release