Railways waive freight charges for relief materials to 3 floot-hit states

Indian Railways, waiver of freight charges, transportation of relief materials, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, English news website, The Federal
Despite restrictions on modes of transportation during the lockdown, good trains trains were allowed to move across the country as they carried essentials. Representational image: iStock.

The Indian Railways has announced waiver of freight charges for transportation of relief materials to Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra, which have been badly hit by floods.

Relief materials for these states can be booked on goods train and parcel vans by all government organisations across the country free of cost, Deputy Director (Traffic Commercial) of the Railway Board Mahendar Singh said.

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“All the government organisations across the country can book relief material free of cost to Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra as of now. Other organisations, as deemed fit by the divisional Railway manager, may also avail of this provision,” he said in a letter to all Railway general managers.

However, it may be ensured that consignor or consignee was the district magistrate or deputy commissioner in whose jurisdiction the dispatching or receiving station was located,
he said in the letter.

The heavy monsoon rains have triggered floods in Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra among other states claiming over 80 lives and displacing lakhs of people since last week.

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