Bangladesh Railway is going to roll out luggage van service with inter-city trains on Sunday to facilitate the transportation of agricultural products and other goods produced by rural communities.
Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan will inaugurate the service at the Kamalapur Railway Station on Sunday.
According to officials, the Railway Department plans to transport goods by inter-city trains through the addition of goods-carrying carriages to the Joyantika Express train travelling from Dhaka to Sylhet. Twenty luggage wagons will be added through a fleet of 20 vans. Apart from this, four luggage wagons will be kept at four regional stations.
The Railway Operations Division stated that a plan has been formulated to introduce 125 goods-carrying carriages to the railway. Among them, 75 will be for meter-gauge trains, and 50 will be for broad-gauge trains. There will be 10 freezer wagons in the broad-gauge category and 16 freezer wagons in the meter-gauge category.
The Dhaka-Sylhet route of the Eastern Railway will include luggage vans on the Parabat Express train, and goods will be loaded and unloaded from Dhaka and Sylhet. Goods will also be transported to stations in Paharika and Udayan through the Parabat Express train, including Chattogram, Sylhet, and Sreemangal stations.
On Bijoy Express route, luggage vans will be added to the Chattogram, Mymensingh, Gauripur, Kishoreganj, and Bhairab Bazar stations. On the Brahmaputra Express route, luggage vans will be added to Dhaka, Dewanganj, Melandah Bazar, Islampur Bazar, and Jamalpur. On the Hawor Express route, luggage vans will be added to Dhaka, Mymensingh, Netrakona, Mohanganj, and Mahanagar. On the Chattala Express train, luggage vans will be added to Dhaka, Chattogram, Narsingdi, Bhairab Bazar, Feni, and Laksam stations.
Seventy-five luggage vans have been imported from China. Among these, the first lot of 20 luggage vans have been assigned to various trains, and loading and unloading stations have been designated by the Transport Division. Of the 20 luggage vans, 13 are assigned to the Eastern Region and three to the Western Region, with four spare vans stationed at Dhaka, Chattogram, Sylhet, and Lalmonirhat yards.