Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary has directed senior officers of the Transport Department to ensure that adequate numbers of trucks are made available for carrying of essential food commodities in the districts during the lockdown due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
A statement by the Assam Transport Department said that it is closely working with Indian Railways and Food and Civil Supplies Department to ensure that essential commodities which have been brought to Assam are unloaded and smoothly transported to various parts of Assam.
The press statement further added that there are three major railway yards located at Azara, New Guwahati and Changsari. The department has deputed one nodal officer at each location to coordinate with railway authorities for quick unloading and movement of goods being brought through railway rakes. Around 100 trucks each carrying essential commodities from Azara and New Guwahati railway yards and 70 trucks from Changsari railway yard have been transported to various parts of North East today. In other districts, DTOs are coordinating with railway and district administration.
Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) has also been extending support to manage the pandemic in the state by providing 76 buses which are now operating in coordination with district administration, hospitals, police and municipal bodies. Out of these 76 buses, 20 are operating in Guwahati and facilitating the movement of health officials.
It may also be mentioned that from March 24 to April 5, essential commodities received by North East Frontier Railways are 74 rakes of food grains, 6 rakes of salt, 13 rakes of sugar, 3 rakes of edible oil, 10 rakes of mixed food items, 1 rake of fodder, 8 rakes of fertilizer, 7 rakes of potato and other items.
One rake of a goods train consists of an average 50 wagons.
The statement further added that the while unloading of goods, labourers are provided masks and sanitizers along with other precautionary measures to ensure the safety of labourers, railway and transport officials.
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