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For the first time SWR Hubballi division load harvester machines from Gangavathi

Hubballi Division of South Western Railway, for the first time, has loaded 92 paddy crushing machines (harvester machines) and three mini goods carriers in 32 DBKM wagons from Gangavathi to Mannargudi in Tamilnadu.  These machines were the consignment of an aggregation of farmers from Gangavathi which are being sent to Mannargudi on a rental basis.  It covers a distance of 916 Kms and has fetched a revenue of Rs.10.5 Lakhs to the Railways.  It has also provided convenient, faster, cheaper, and more efficient transportation modes for the aggregation of farmers.

Hubballi Division developed a goods loading facility at Gangavathi to help the farmers and industries of this part of the region to transport their goods to new markets across the country. During the current financial year up to the end of December 2021, a total of 10 mini rakes of rice (total 13169 tonnes) has been transported from Gangavathi to various parts of the country viz., Azara near Guwahati, Jirania in Tripura, Tarakeshwar, and Sankarail in West Bengal, etc.  It has also received inward traffic of 5 rakes of steel consignments.

Arvind Malkhede, Hubballi Divisional Railway Manager (DRM)congratulated the Business Development Unit of the Hubballi Division for this achievement.  He said that the Business Development Unit of the Hubballi Division played an important role in capturing this traffic from Gangavathi by keeping constantly in touch with farmers, traders, and industries. It clarified all the doubts of the loading customers regarding routing, rating, rail transit time, etc. He urged the industry to use new terminals developed by Hubballi Division at Gangavathi and Khajjidoni.  He said that one new goods terminal is also under development at Karatagi.

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