Indian Railways has decided to run parcel vans between Jammu and New Delhi to keep up the uninterrupted flow of essential commodities in the Jammu and Kashmir during the ongoing lockdown to contain COVID-19 outbreak, officials said here on Wednesday.
During the ongoing nationwide lockdown in wake of Coronavirus outbreak, the Indian Railways has taken an important decision to ensure the supply of necessary material in Jammu and Kashmir to meet the shortfall if any.
In order to provide the necessary material to Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Railways has have decided to run special freight trains between Delhi and Jammu Tawi.
The Northern Railways has announced to run five parcel express trains for the facilitation in the movement of goods to different parts of the country during the nationwide lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.
The trains will run between New Delhi and Guwahati; Amritsar and Howrah; Delhi Junction and Jammu Tawi; Kalka and Ambala; and Dehradun and Delhi Junction. These trains will make a total of 70 trips.
The train 00464/00463 Amritsar – Howrah – Amritsar Parcel Express Train will depart from Amritsar at 6.40pm on April 9 to reach Howrah on the third day at 7.30am. While running from Howrah to Amritsar, the train will depart from Howrah at 7.10pm to reach Amritsar at 8.30am on the third day. The train will make seven trips in each direction.
The train consists of five parcel vans and one sitting-cum-luggage coach. The train will halt at Ludhiana, Ambala, Delhi Junction, Moradabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction, Patna, Jhajha and Asansol railway stations.
Another train 00403/00404 Delhi Junction – Jammu Tawi – Delhi Junction Parcel Express Train will also make 14 trips (seven in each direction). The train will depart from Delhi from April 9 at 10.30pm to reach Jammu Tawi at 8.15am the next day. On returning, the train will depart from Jammu Tawi at 6.10pm to reach Delhi at 3.55am the next day.
Consisting of a parcel van and a seating-cum-luggage coach, the train will stop at Panipat, Ambala Cantt, Ludhiana and Pathankot Junction railway stations.
Apart from these two trains, a train New Delhi – Guwahati – New Delhi Parcel Express (00402/00401); Kalka – Ambala – Kalka Pracel Express (00454/00453); and Dehradun – Delhi Junction – Dehradun Parcel Express (00434/00433) will also start from April 9.