Goods train that chugged into Ch'nagar after 8 years

The goods train that chugged into the Chamarajanagar railway station after a gap of eight years was given a warm reception by the people, on Tuesday.

The officials of the Railway department and people welcomed the train that reached the station at 10 am.

The goods train which left Punjab on August 6 carrying 2,655 tonnes of rice packed in 53,059 bags, stored in 42 wagons reached Chamarajanagar, 13 days later. Another goods train is expected to reach the city on August 22.

The rail route, which was previously metre gauge was upgraded to broad gauge in the year 2006. Wheat, rice and other commodities were transported through goods train to the border district till 2006. But due to lack of exclusive rake point, the goods service was suspended.

The commodities to be supplied to the district were being stored at the warehouses in Nanjangud and later transported via trucks to various parts of the district.

As the transportation charges were more, the Food Corporation of India was burdened with Rs one crore every month, which is expected to decrease with the resuming of goods train service.

MP R Dhruvanarayana who welcomed the goods train said Karnataka had been demanding for the extension of the goods service since 2011.

The then Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge had sanctioned Rs 25 lakh for the same, he said. The PDS commodities had to be transported from warehouses in Nanjangud and Mysore through trucks, and transportation was very expensive.

 The resumption of goods train will help in transporting seeds, cement, fertilisers and others, which would be instrumental in the overall development of the district, he said.

CMC president S Nanjundaswamy, FCI Mysore incharge officer Balachandra and others were present.

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