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Indian Railways has started to carry e-commerce consignments on its EMU services

New Delhi, Oct 21 (UNI) Indian Railways started a pilot project, allowing e-commerce consignments on its EMU services in non-peak hours.
This pilot project of booking consignments in EMU service is the first of its kind in Indian Railways.
As a part of innovative pilot project, carrying of e-commerce consignment of Amazon in EMU services commenced from Sealdah to Dankuni in EMU local (suburban services) managed by Eastern Railways, an official release said.
The pilot project is initially for a period of three months where total 7 MT of consignment per day has been allowed to be carried.
The rate chargeable is that of luggage rate (Scale L – highest scale) i.e. Rs 5537 per day.
The consignment is allowed to be carried in vendor compartment along with other vendors in non-peak hours (i.e. 1100 hrs to 1600 hrs), thus causing no disruption/inconvenience to the existing system, the release added.
"This project is to benefit both Railways and e-commerce company Amazon. Railway will be benefited through generation of revenue without putting any additional stress or burden on existing system whereas Amazon will be benefited through reduced transit time", the release said.
The route viz. Sealdah to Dankuni was preferred by Amazon for quick movement of their consignment to the existing facility at Dankuni.
Upon success of the pilot project, other routes may also be taken up by Amazon and other e-commerce companies may also be interested, the release added.
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