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Railways develop high capacity parcel vans for perishables

Indian Railways has developed High Capacity Parcel Vans (VPs) with capacity of 23 tonnes, which are attached to passenger carrying trains, to meet the demand of high load perishable traffic. This facility is subject to availability of room in the passenger train and operational feasibility.

High capacity milk tankers having capacity of 44.66 KL have been specially designed are being run as special trains to facilitate transportation of milk through rail. At present, 3 milk tanker trains are being run, of which 2 are run by Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMFL) from Palanpur to Bhim Sen, and the other by the Delhi based Mother Dairy from Daund to Baraut.

Railway also runs special parcel trains comprising high capacity parcel vans for transportation of fruits in bulk, like mango, banana, orange, etc. on demand, on a fixed path between specific origin-destination stations. The Railways supply rakes for transportation of fruits on an indent basis.

For transportation of horticulture produce in containers, the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) has procured 98 Ventilated Isolated Containers specially designed for movement of fruits and vegetables, according to a Railway release.


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