Date of Post: 20 Aug, 2018
New Delhi: The Indian Railways has issued a set of guidelines allowing all government organisations and private bodies to transport relief material to flood-ravaged Kerala for free. However, non-government organisations have to be vetted by DRMs (Divisional Railway Managers) in order to avail this provision, the guidelines said.
- The railways said,”No freight is to be charged for transportation of relief material to Kerala. That is to all stations in Kerala as of now.”
- In a letter to all zonal general managers, the Railway Board said that all consignments in passenger-carrying trains through parcel vans as well as intra-state coaching trains carrying relief material shall be covered under these guidelines so as to ensure faster transit.
- It said,”All government organisations across the country can book relief material free of cost to Kerala. Other organisations, as deemed fit by divisional railway managers (DRM) may also avail of this provision.”
- Also, the DRMs have been empowered to take decisions on attaching additional bogies/vans to various Kerala-bound trains.
- No ancillary charges like demurrage, wharfage and others are to be charged on such relief material, the railways also said and added that these guidelines will be in effect till Aug 31, 2018 or till further orders.
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