West Coast Current Affairs - 2019
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Northeast Frontier Railway of Indian Railway has started operating one lease Parcel Cargo Express Train (PCET) connecting northeastern part of the country to West Coast on fortnightly basis. It was launched on line of Government’s priority to provide connectivity to northeast region and empowering local industries of this region.
The PCET will enable farmers from northeast to market their lucrative products like tea, betal nuts, pineapple, jute, horticulture products, cane furniture etc. at retail markets in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Nagpur, Pune. Its route will cover New Guwahati in Assam to Kalyan in Maharashtra.
It will serve as business tool without any additional strain on resources of railways. Moreover, it will help to promote industries of northregion by providing them markets and also provide sustainable job opportunity to local youths including unskilled labour.
The leased PCET will also generate substantial revenue to Indian Railways in their contractual periods of 6 years each. The unit transportation cost through PCET is relatively less than cost of road transportation. Thus, benefiting transporters as well as consumers on account of less transportation cost.
Single PCET can carry consignment equivalent to 52 trucks. This will ensure less carbon emission which will contribute for Green India and saving of foreign exchange on account of purchasing of fuel.