Amid Coronavirus outbreak, it has become difficult for individuals as well as commercial establishments to transport their large consignments containing essentials on time. India Post (Government-operated postal system), with the help of Central Railways (CR), delivered two ventilators within the span of 24 hours from Nagpur to a Thane-based state healthcare centre on June 9. The consignment was picked up from Dhantoli, Nagpur at around 3:47 pm on June 8 and was delivered at around 2:30 pm to Thane’s state health care centre office on June 9.
Confirming the development, the in-charge of state health care centre, Pawan Pardeshi, told Mumbai Mirror, “These two ventilators were gifted by a corporate house to the state health department for the use of COVID-19 patients. The consignment consisted of six packets and weighed 134 kgs, for which India Post charged just Rs 5,859 including railway freight charges of Rs 356.”
The CR officials told the daily, “Keeping in view the special parcel trains being operated by the Central Railways, it along with Maharashtra Postal Circle, decided to synergise the capabilities of India Post and Indian Rail Post Parcel Service.”
Chief Postmaster General of Maharashtra, Harish Chandra Agarwal was quoted as saying, “More than three tonnes of medical equipment, medicines and agricultural goods have been successfully delivered by this medium under 24 hours between Nagpur, Pune and Mumbai. It has provided both – first mile and last mile – connectivity from the customer’s premises. All you need to do is call your nearest post office and leave the rest to India Post.”