Even because the trials of a number of Covid vaccines are in progress, the Indian Railways is in talks with the federal government over the transportation of the vaccine by means of its refrigerated wagons, nevertheless, no closing choice has been taken on the identical, officers mentioned on Monday.
A senior railway ministry official, wishing anonymity, mentioned that after the choice is taken for transporting the vaccine, they’ll announce.
He mentioned that there are a number of “technical issues” with implications as to the temperature required for the transportation of the vaccine and others.
“And these points are being discussed. So once the decision is taken, we will update everyone,” the official added.
On Friday, Railway Board Chairman and CEO V.Okay.Yadav had mentioned “We are in talks with the government and we are discussing the possibilities”, to a query over the transportation of Covid vaccines in railways’ refrigerated vans.
He additional mentioned that as of now “no decision” has been taken. “We are in continuous touch with several ministries for the transportation of Covid vaccines,” Yadav had mentioned.
The nationwide transporter operates a number of refrigerated vans for the transportation of perishable cargo like greens, fruits, dairy merchandise, fish and meat connected in a number of of its mail or specific trains.
The vans have a capability to carry 5 tonnes of frozen gadgets and a further capability of 12 tonnes for perishable cargo like fruit and greens.
In August this yr, the Indian Railways began Kisan Special Parcel Trains to transport perishable items, a promise made within the Union Budget 2020-21.
The Railways has developed a brand new design of refrigerated parcel vans with the carrying capability of 17 tonnes for the transportation of extremely perishable parcel visitors. It was procured by means of Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala.
The Indian Railways at the moment has a fleet of 9 such refrigerated vans and they are often booked on a round-trip foundation.
According to railways, the Kisan Rail practice with frozen containers is predicted to construct a seamless nationwide chilly provide chain for perishables, inclusive of fish, meat and milk.
Railways has 98 Reefer (Ventilated Insulated) rail containers with a carrying capability of 12 tonnes per container which had been procured by means of CONCOR for motion of vegatables and fruits to completely different components of the nation.
The temperature-controlled perishable cargo centres had been commissioned at Ghazipur Ghat in Uttar Pradesh, New Azadpur in New Delhi, and Raja ka Talab once more in UP, as a pilot challenge below the Kisan Vision Project by CONCOR by means of a CSR initiative whereas one other challenge is below development at Lasalgaon in Maharashtra’s Nasik.
The railways has additionally given approval to the Central Railside Warehousing Corporation (CRWC) to develop temperature-controlled storages at Fatuha and Mancheswar. Cold storage facility has additionally been developed at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh.
The Fresh and Healthy Enterprise Ltd (FHEL) has been redeveloped because the Agriculture Logistic Centre at Rai in Haryana’s Sonepat, which is CONCOR’s 100 per cent-owned subsidiary, developed on land measuring 16.40 acres.