Kolkata: Indian Railways has started a pilot project under which it has allowed e-commerce consignments on its EMU services in non-peak hours. As part of the project, the first consignment of e-commerce giant 'Amazon' has been ferried by Eastern Railways EMU service on Monday from Sealdah to Dankuni in West Bengal.
According to a statement, the pilot project is for a period of three months initially, where a total of 7MT (700Kg) of consignment per day, has been allowed to be carried. The consignment is allowed to be carried in vendor compartment along with other vendors in non-peak hours, thus causing no disruption to the existing system.
The rate chargeable is that of luggage rate (Scale L – highest scale) for example Rs 5,537/- per day. This pilot project of booking consignments in EMU service is the first of its kind in Indian Railways.
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This project will benefit both Railways and Amazon. The railway will be benefitted through the generation of revenue without putting any additional stress or burden on the existing system whereas Amazon will be benefitted through reduced transit time.
"The route from Sealdah to Dankuni was preferred by Amazon for quick movement of their consignment to the existing facility at Dankuni. Upon the success of the pilot project, other routes may also be taken up by Amazon and other e-commerce companies may also be interested," the statement added.