The Indian Railways is back in business with more than 200 trains pushed into passenger services since May 12. In order to cover up the ₹8,000 crore loss experienced by the freight services of Indian railways, the authorities have come up with various initiatives.
Measures such as attractive cashback offers for late deliveries, discount offers, concessions for long-distance goods delivery are being taken into consideration by the railway authorities in order to get the freight business going and cover up the losses up to quite an extent. Moreover, the railway authorities have issued a list of special trains running between different stations, running days, and seat availability dates.
The Indian Railways’ freight earning suffered a loss of ₹8,283 crores during April and May due to lockdown. Therefore, the Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal in a high-level meeting with the officials discussed various measures to rake up the freight business.
“It was also discussed if we could build trust with our clients by offering discounts or cashback for late delivery, in line with the Tejas Express trains,” an official said.
“It was also discussed that the possibility of offering concessional rates over long distances to make freight movement through rail more viable can be explored,” the official further stated.
The railway minister encouraged various railway zones to reach out to local businesses and vendors for more opportunities for the freight business.
Apart from undertaking various measures in regard to freight business, the railway authorities have come up with certain benefits for the passengers too. The Indian Railways has unveiled a list of special trains running between various stations across the nation along with the running time, days and nearest date of seat availability. The entire list can be checked here: