Ludhiana: ‘Double’ goods train transports 5,200 tonnes of rice and wheat to Assam

Written by Raakhi Jagga
| Ludhiana |

Updated: April 29, 2020 12:50:26 pm

Two goods trains had been joined collectively to type an 84-wagon train that transported 5,200 tonnes of rice and wheat.
TWO GOODS trains had been joined collectively to type an 84-wagon train that transported 5,200 tonnes of rice and wheat from Ludhiana to Assam on the intervening night time of Sunday and Monday. This was the primary time that one of the 84-wagon train’s two engines was operated remotely.

This was the 107th Annapurna train operated by the Northern Railways for the reason that lockdown started (between March 24 and April 27). All of them had been of 84 wagons, whereas a number of had 116 wagons as nicely, mentioned Sudhir Kumar Singh. From Ferozepur division, almost 450 goods trains went in complete.

“84-wagon goods trains have been sent by Northern Railways earlier as well amid the outbreak. However, the train that went from Ludhiana to Assam driven by a loco pilot and co-pilot sitting in the front engine, while the second engine in the middle was managed by staff sitting in the first engine, using radio frequency. Hence, the second engine was remotely managed by the pilot of the first engine. This has been done for the first time for an 84-wagon train by Northern Railways,” Sudhir Kumar Singh, senior divisional operations supervisor, informed The Indian Express.

Northern Railways has Ferozepur, Ambala, Delhi, Moradabad and Lucknow divisions below it, of which meals grain provides are in majority executed by Ferozepur, Ambala and Delhi divisions solely. Hence this explicit single pilot operated the double goods train operated for the primary time by the Ferozepur division, mentioned Sudhir Kumar Singh.

A 42-wagon was to go from Ajitwal (Moga) to Haibergaanv, Assam, whereas one other was to go from Phillaur, Jalandhar, to Bindupuri, Assam. Hence each had been loaded and introduced to Ludhiana railway station, the place they had been joined and despatched to Assam, mentioned Manish Narwal, senior divisional electrical engineer of Ferozepur railways division.

The most distance coated by any Annapurna train was 1,671 km, carrying sufficient meals grain to feed 80 crore public distribution beneficiaries. These trains carried meals grains from Punjab and Haryana.

Punjab’s report dispatch

Anandita Mitra, director, Food and Civil Supplies, Punjab informed The Indian Express, “From March 24-26 we have done a record dispatch of 22,22,500 MT from Punjab via freight trains. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu had even thanked CMD, FCI, D V Prasad for giving special trains to Punjab.”

He additional mentioned, “This will not only give food security to the needy but also solve the problem of rice storage in the state. ”

Punjab has in the meantime despatched over 760 particular trains from Ferozepur and Ambala divisions loaded with wheat and rice.

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