The West Zone of Bangladesh Railway is going to launch a special mango train on the route Chapainawabganj-Dhaka - via Rajshahi - for the second consecutive time. According to Nasir Uddin, Divisional Commercial Manager of the zone, the initiative has also been taken to transport mangoes at a lower cost to support mango growers and traders amid the current pandemic.
"We have taken the decision of transporting mangoes to Dhaka from this mango producing area for the benefit of growers and traders," Nasir Uddin told thedailystar.net.
The train will make a stoppage for loading mangoes at 14 stations on the Chapainawabganj-Dhaka railway route via Rajshahi. The cargo train will carry a maximum 150 tons of mangoes in five wagons every day. It will cost Tk 1.17 for a kilogram of mangoes to be transported to Dhaka from Rajshahi and from Chapainawabganj to Dhaka it will cost Tk 1.3 for the same.
Nasir Uddin said that transport of mangoes in the special train will cost Tk 1,117 per ton, whereas courier services cost Tk 20,000 per ton and private trucks cost around Tk 2,000 per ton.
[ Tk 100 = €0.96 ]