468 tonnes of cotton yarn being brought from India on special parcel train
Some 468 tonnes of cotton yarn is being brought by a special parcel train for the first time from India's Haryana State.
The freight train, with 20 parcel vans, is scheduled to reach Bangladesh on July 7 through Benapole border, said Sheikh Al Imran, executive director of MGH Group, Bangladesh.
The train of Haryana's Ambala Railway Division carrying 468 tonnes of cotton yarn left Haryana on Sunday in collaboration with mgX.com, a subsidiary of MGH Group, a Singapore-based shipping conglomerate.
Haryana's Ambala Railway Division sent the special parcel train beyond India's border and earned 25.69 lakh rupee (Tk29.35 lakh), according to a report of the Hindustan Times.
The train was flagged off by Vivek Sharma, senior divisional commercial manager; Himanshu Pant, director and CEO of MGH Group, India; and other railway officials, it said.
Sharma said that businessmen in and around Punjab and Haryana have been transporting commodities by road to Bangladesh in small quantities, which is costly for them.
"During the lockdown, they could not move goods by road. Then, railway staff and officials approached them and explained the transportation facilities by rail. To move the consignment by goods trains, it is mandatory for farmers and businessmen to mobilise the quantity in bulk," the Indian daily reports quoting Sharma.
Indian officials in a statement said that each van was loaded with 430 cartons, weighing around 23 tonnes and the total weight carried by the special parcel express is around 468 Tonnes.
"MGH will be providing end-to-end transportation solution to its customers for exporting yarn, fabrics and FMCG goods from their respective factories across Ludhiana and Baddi to their buyers' factories in Bangladesh, including the customs clearance on both the sides of the border," it reads.