Indian Railways begins shipping Amazon packets

Indian Railways started carrying e-commerce consignment of Amazon in its suburban services in the eastern sector during 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 the project, carrying of e-commerce consignment of Amazon commenced from Sealdah to Dankuni in EMU local (suburban services) managed by Eastern Railways, an official release said on Monday.

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 consignment is allowed to be carried in vendor compartment alongwith other vendors in non-peak hours (11.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs.), thus causing no disruption/inconvenience to the existing system.

This project is to benefit both Railways and e-commerce company M/s. Amazon. The Railways will be benefitted through generation of revenue without putting any additional stress or burden on existing system whereas Amazon will be benefitted through reduced transit time.

The route viz. Sealdah to Dankuni was preferred by M/s. 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.

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