The Indian Railways, in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, has emerged as a great helping hand in transportation of essential supplies and goods. The Railways has come up with a ‘rail milk tank van’ with a 12 per cent more capacity to carry milk and speed up to 110 km per hour, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal informed on Monday, over twitter.
“Railways has developed a Rail Milk Tank Van with a carrying capacity of 44,660 litres of milk, 12 per cent more than the earlier van. Made indigenously to run up to 110 kmph with a special stainless-steel interior, van will facilitate safe, economic and quick transportation of milk.”~Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railways,on twitter
Indian Railways even during the lockdown, is operating 24×7 freight trains in order to fill the logistics gaps.
According to Railways Ministry, from 24 March 2020 to 22 May 2020, more than 23.2 lakh wagons have been moved. Out of these 23.2 lakh wagons, more than 13.5 lakh wagons carried essential supplies such as milk, food grains, salt, sugar, edible oil, etc. Moreover, from 1 April 2020 to 22 May 2020, Indian Railways carried 9.7 Million Ton food grain compared to 4.6 Million Ton last year.
Furthermore, the national transporter has also produced medical items to support the governments fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. During the lockdown period, Indian Railways manufactured 1.2 lakh coveralls of PPEs, 1.4 lakh litres sanitizer, 20 lakhs reusable face mask/covers.