Railways parcel business to get boost, Amazon roped in to transport goods; union calls for two-day strike

According to the pact, zonal railways will earmark a space of 2.5 tonnes in parcel van of trains for loading/unloading of Amazon India consignments and the remaining space of 1.5 tonnes will be for railways.

Press Trust of India July 30, 2019 13:27:45 IST
Railways parcel business to get boost, Amazon roped in to transport goods; union calls for two-day strike
  • As a pilot project, the railways will give Amazon space in two of its premium trains — Sealdah Rajdhani and the Mumbai Rajdhani

  • Amazon will pay freight charges equivalent to the highest lease rate on the same train on pro-rata basis

  • One month advance freight charge will be levied on the e-commerce company by the railways

New Delhi: The railways parcel business is all set to get a boost with the national transporter roping in e-retail giant Amazon to transport its goods by train.

Railways parcel business to get boost Amazon roped in to transport goods union calls for twoday strike

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According to a Railway Board letter issued earlier this month, as a pilot project the railways will give Amazon space in two of its premium trains — the Sealdah Rajdhani and the Mumbai Rajdhani for a period of one month, which could be extended to three months depending on the feedback received.

According to the agreement, zonal railways will earmark a space of 2.5 tonnes in the parcel van of the trains for loading/unloading of Amazon India consignments and the remaining space of 1.5 tonnes will be for railways.

Amazon will, however, pay freight charges equivalent to the highest lease rate on the same train on pro-rata basis.

One month advance freight charge will be levied on the e-commerce company by the railways.

However, the news of Amazon India being given the task of loading and unloading parcels has irked workers unions, with the Bharatiya Railway loading, unloading workers union, alleging that it would cost them their livelihood.

The union has called for a two-day strike on 31 July and 1 August.

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