Trains Bring Medicines, Other Essential Services To Odisha

Goods trains being run by the Indian Railways to facilitate the disbursal of emergency supplies and services during the lockdown has become the lifeline for the people of Odisha. Over the past few days, these trains have brought in medicines, medical apparatus and other essential services for a multitude of hospitals, medical stores and other shops selling essential commodities.

The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has said that cartons packed with medicines have been offloaded at Palasa, Berhampur, Balangir, Bargarh, Sambalpur and Rayagada stations. These medicines had been loaded from Visakhapatnam onto special trains that travelled through states to distribute the materials.

“While the country is completely lockdown because of the COVID-19 situation, Indian Railways continues to work round the clock to ensure availability of essential commodities like food grains, petroleum products, coal, fruits and vegetables, milk and edible oil through its uninterrupted freight and parcel services,” read an ECoR statement.

The Railways are also running special parcel trains to transport essential commodities during this phase. A Parcel Express train, which originates from Yesvantpur and passes through ECoR jurisdiction, will reach Dimapur at around 8.40 AM on 14 April. On the return leg of its journey, it will travel from Dimapur back to Yesvantpur, with halts at Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, and Vishakhapatnam under the ECoR division.

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