NEW DELHI – For the first time in India, a cargo service will be provided by Delhi Metro on the Airport Express Line connecting New Delhi Railway Station and Indira Gandhi International Airport, starting this March, says the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, DMRC.
Officials from the DMRC informed that the service will be initiated on Tuesday, 1st March and will be on trial for 3 months; a long-term arrangement tender will be put into action if the service is responded positively.
However only the non-perishable and e-commerce merchandise sites are decided to be transported to suit this purpose. For this DMRC agreed upon and signed a MoU with a freight service agency.
An official informed that never before has cargo/freight transport been done in India with the Metro system, adding that the trials will enhance assessment of cargo volume which will be generated upon this route in both the directions, particularly e-commerce cargo.
A statement from the Delhi Metro said that this idea will also possibly decrease vehicles of road cargo transportation; leading to both, less fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emission, hence improving the quality of air.
Earlier it was announced that Metro stations in Delhi will also work as e-commerce sites terminals, as customers will be provided with an option of product delivery at selected stations, letting them to collect their products whenever convenient.
The statement also said that the cargo service introduction will not create disturbance or inconvenience for daily general commuters because trains running on the corridor 23-km long already possess coaches dedicated particularly for luggage.