‘Apni Dukaan’ in ‘Apni Railway’! Indian Railways allow Amazon consignments on EMU services in non-peak hours

Giving a boost to the revenue sector amidst, the Indian Railways have started a pilot project, allowing e-commerce consignments on its EMU services in non-peak hours. As a part of innovative pilot project, carrying of e-commerce consignment of Amazon in Electronic Multiple Unit services commenced from Sealdah to Dankuni in suburban services managed by Eastern Railways on Tuesday.

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“The pilot project is initially for a period of three months where total 7 MT of consignment per day has been allowed to be carried. The rate chargeable is that of Luggage Rate (highest scale) is ₹ 5537/- per day. This pilot project of booking consignments in EMU service is the first of its kind in Indian Railways”, the statement read.

“The consignment is allowed to be carried in vendor compartment alongwith other vendors in non-peak hours (i.e. 11.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs.), thus causing no disruption or inconvenience to the existing system”, it added further.

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This project is to benefit both Railways and e-commerce company Amazon. While, the Indian Railways will be benefitted through generation of revenue without putting any additional stress or burden on existing system, Amazon will be benefitted through reduced transit time.

The route Sealdah to Dankuni was preferred by Amazon for quick movement of their consignment to the existing facility at Dankuni. Upon success of the pilot project, other routes are also slated to be taken up by Amazon and other interested e-commerce companies.


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