The movement of parcels through rail is expected to increase as a result of the nationwide lorry strike called by the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) which entered the second day on Saturday. The truck operators were demanding the removal of all toll plazas on the national highways across the country and pressing other charter of demands.

According to an official of the Salem division of the Southern Railway, parcel booking offices in Coimbatore junction, Pollachi, Mettupalayam, Ooty, Tirupur, Erode, Uthukuli, Salem and Karur are fully geared to handle the surge in traffic.

“We are ready to serve the industries and traders to take their products and raw materials, essentials and perishable products such as vegetables and fruits from the farmers to the nook and corner of the country,” said A. Vijuvin, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager.

He told
The Hindu
that due to lorry strike, the volume of parcel booking has increased by about 10 % and sees further surge in the days to come.

Two wagons of perishables weighing around 41 tonnes have been booked from Coimbatore junction and Erode junction for transporting vegetables and eggs to Shalimar and Raipur.

“If consortium of industries, traders and farmers come forward to book a whole goods train with a capacity to carry 400 tonnes (20 wagons), railways is ready. We are even ready with the solution for every customer from one kg to 400 tonnes,” Mr. Vijuvin said.

Traders from Erode had booked a goods wagon for Raipur to transport perishables such as eggs and vegetables.

The wagon would be attached with an express train leaving from Erode in the early hours of Sunday, he added.

Lorry strike had also affected off loading of cargo from wagons thus resulting in stagnation of six goods trains in goods yards at Coimbatore North, Irugur, Tirupur, Karur, Uthukuli and Salem since Friday, the official said.

A wholesale trader from Oddanchatram had booked a goods wagon to Shalimar to transport 18 tonnes of drumstick.

This wagon would be attached with Shalimar Express scheduled to depart from Coimbatore junction at 1.25 a.m. on Sunday and reach Shalimar the next day at 1.55 p.m., said Raju P. Thomas, in charge of the parcel booking office at the Coimbatore junction.

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