Chennai-Delhi Cargo Express flagged off

The first time-tabled train from Chennai (ICD Tondiarpet) to Delhi (DCT Okhla) was flagged off today from Tondiarpet. The service will benefit trade with scheduled transit time at no additional cost being incurred. The trains will leave on every Saturday at 7 pm from Tondiarpet to reach Okhla at 8 am on Tuesdays covering the distance in 61 hours. In the return direction, trains from Okhla will leave on every Saturday at 1 am to reach Tondiarpet at 3 pm on Mondays covering the distance in 62 hours, the release said. The service will help loading of perishable cargo like vegetables, fruits and pharmaceuticals in specially designed ventilated containers and for parcel traffic, says a press release from Southern Railway. In fulfilment of his Budget commitment, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on June 15 flagged off the first time-tabled container train (called Cargo Express) of Container Corporation of India (Concor) from Delhi to Bengaluru and from Delhi to Chennai. This initiative was done in coordination with Concor to streamline freight traffic and attract parcel traffic being moved by road to rail, the release said. Courtesy: The Hindu Business Line

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