A special parcel train is operating on the Panchagarh-Dhaka route to facilitate transportation of goods produced by farmers during the ongoing lockdown.
Deputy Commissioner of Panchagarh Sabina Yasmin formally inaugurated the operation on Monday at Bir Muktijoddha Sirajul Islam Railway Station.
The train will officially begin its journey tomorrow (Wednesday).
On the day, a total of three tonnes of vegetables including cucumber, tomato, eggplant, bottle gourd, bean and pumpkin produced in Panchagarh will be carried to different districts including Dhaka.
Station master Masud Parvez said the train will start from Panchagarh at 1pm three days a week -- Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. It should reach Dhaka around 3am.
Four wagons each can contain 40 tonnes of goods.
The state-run transport service is giving 25 percent concession on hire, and revokes all other charges for transporting vegetables, local fruits and other farm products. Transportation of each kilogram costs Tk 1.56 now, while the regular rent is Tk 2.02.
Bangladesh Railway began the operation of this special parcel train to ensure smooth supply of vegetables throughout the country, said Shah Sufi Nur Mohammad, Lalmonirhat divisional manager of BR.