Guntur: The Guntur railway division operated direct freight service to Bangladesh. The special cargo express with parcel vans carrying chillies left Reddipalem cargo point on Thursday. Guntur division earned Rs 17.6 lakhs through the special parcel express. The Railways clinched the deal with Bangladesh owing to the proactive role played by the senior officials in railway board and Indian embassy in Dhaka. Although, Guntur division has operated several cargo trains till the border points to transport agriculture commodities to Bangladesh in the past, it is the first time in the history for the railways to operate direct train to the neighbouring nation.
“This is the first time-tabled cargo express to be operated from Guntur to Benapole in Bangladesh,” divisional railway manager (DRM) Mohan Raja told TOI. He said SCR GM Gajanan Mallya, Anita Barik (advisor, railways) in Indian high commission in Bangladesh have played key role in getting the clearances. Mohan Raja said they realised that Guntur as an epicenter of production, aggregation and processing of chillies and other spices, could be a great opportunity to do good business. He said the cultivation of these products is sustained with an excellent ecosystem of mirchi-yard, processing centres and a chain of cold storage facilities with deep export networks. Considering the high demand for export of chillies and other spices like turmeric, ginger, onions, cumin seeds to Bangladesh, a proposal was moved for running a parcel cargo express from Guntur to Bangladesh, said Mohan Raja. – Samdani.MN@timesgroup.com