Apart from couriers and trucks on roads, mango producers of Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj will be able to use parcel services of the railway at reduced rates for transporting mangoes to other districts this season.
After a meeting with stakeholders today, Rajshahi Deputy Commissioner Hamidul Haque told The Daily Star that the decision in this regard came following a directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for easing transport distress amid the coronavirus situation.
Mangoes can be transported by trains at a rate not more than Tk 3.10 per kg including its handling and porters' charges, while the average cost for existing mango transport on roads varies around Tk 5 per kg, the commissioner said. "But the decision is applicable for destinations that fall on the rail route to Dhaka from Chapainawabganj.”
The railway authorities are considering lowering the mango transport cost before the harvest season begins at end of May, said Mihir Kanti Guha, general manager of Bangladesh Railway's West Zone. He said the traders can use Amnura, Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, Arani, Gopalpur and Abdulpur stations for loading mangoes.
Mangoes can be also transported by using the trucks of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation at 50 percent lower rates, the Rajshahi DC said.
[ Tk1 = €0.011 ]