A new Indian Railways initiative is intended to assist farmers producing produce perishable items, by transporting their produce through Refrigerated Parcel Vans.
Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) said the new design of Refrigerated Parcel Vans results in a carrying capacity of 17 tonnes. They are suited for transporting highly perishable parcel traffic and they have been developed and produced at Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala.
At present, Indian Railway has a fleet of nine Refrigerated Parcel Vans available for transportation of perishable items. These Refrigerated Parcel Vans are booked on round-trip basis, and are charged at 1.5 times the freight of normal parcel van as per category of train.
Indian Railways has also constructed cold storage facilities for perishables items at various locations. And depending on demand more such facilities will come up in different locations. Presently ‘Temperature controlled perishable cargo centres’ have been commissioned at Ghazipur Ghat, New Azadpur and Raja ka Talab as a pilot project under Kisan Vision Project. Another project is under construction at Lasalgaon, Nasik.
Approval has been granted to Central Railside Warehousing Corporation (CRWC) to develop temperature controlled storages at Fatuha and Mancheswar.