IRCTC Latest news today: Do you want to get a bag of rice from Bihar or a sari from Gujarat? Indian Railways will soon grant your wish. In an effort to tap into “unconventional” freight traffic, the common carrier is testing a door-to-door delivery service for individual and bulk customers.Read also – List of canceled IRCTC trains, February 14: more than 300 trains cancelled, several others rescheduled and diverted
In a similar scheme to courier companies and e-commerce players, Indian Railways plans to offer door-to-door delivery service for individual and bulk customers, The Times of India reported. Giving details, the national carrier said the basic plan is to have an app and provide users with receipts with a QR code that will help them track their shipments. Also Read – India Post Recruitment 2022: Vacancies Notified for Car Driver Positions; Apply at indiapost.gov.in
Other than that, the app or website will display the estimated charges and time to complete a delivery. Also Read – Confirmed ticket, face mask: Railways issue new guidelines for train passengers
The report suggests the railways will act as carrier, and it seeks to persuade India Post and other players to improve delivery. In this regard, certain railway areas have been asked to develop a module.
The report further suggests that the railways have also incorporated the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation (DFCC), which will roll out the first service by June-July in Delhi NCR and Gujarat Sanand.
Apart from this, an internal trial of the service has also been launched by DFCC. The report says that after Delhi-NCR and Gujarat, another pilot project will be planned in Mumbai.
The DFCC told TOI that officials are targeting white goods and small items with aggregators. “We are targeting white goods, small items as well as aggregators who can benefit from the service,” TOI quoted a DFCC official as saying.
To take advantage of these new railway services, customers will have the option of dropping off the parcel at dedicated points or having it picked up at their given address, such as their home or office. DFCC officials further added that the service will be based on a transit insurance system.
Recently, Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw told TOI that the ministry is confident that it can cross freight by loading freight in 2022-23, which has been estimated at 1,475 million tonnes.