Indian Railways and Bangladesh Railways achieved a record by running more than 100 trains in June 2020.
Indian Railways have handed over a total of 103 freight trains carrying essential commodities such as Onions, Ginger, Chilies, Maize, Turmeric, Rice Seed, Sugar, finished products, and raw materials for industries to Bangladesh Railways in June 2020, diplomatic sources said.
Both the Railways had come up with solutions to transport all the essential commodities across the border when the lockdown and transport restrictions were imposed by both the countries to arrest the spread of Covid-19.
Many importers are now using the rail route for transporting their goods though usually, they are not reliant upon the rail transportation services.
Upon seeing the success of the movement of goods by rail, now Bangladesh Railways has permitted to introduce the Parcel Train Service between India and Bangladesh.
The carrying capacity of the parcel train will be 238 metric tons.
This will be a great opportunity for traders to import a smaller quantity of goods.
After discussions, now NBR and Bangladesh Railways have agreed to facilitate Container Train Service through Benapole-Petrapole Rail Link.
It is expected that these initiatives will widely serve the importers and exporters requirements in the current crisis and help in minimizing the disruption in the supply chain.