RAJSHAHI: The West Zone of Bangladesh Railway will launch a ‘special mango train’ on Chapainawabganj-Dhaka route via Rajshahi from today for the third consecutive time.
“We have taken all sorts of preparations to launch the train from Monday for transporting mango to Dhaka from this mango producing area for the benefit of the growers and traders,” said Asim Kumar Talukder, General Manager of the zone, while talking to BSS on Sunday.
He said the initiative has also been taken to transport mangoes at a lower cost for the welfare of the mango traders and farmers.
The train with capacity of around 300 metric tons will depart from Chapainawabganj at 4.30pm, while from Rajshahi station at 5.50 pm and will reach Dhaka at 2am.
The cargo train will carry maximum mangoes in eight wagons every day. So, farmers and traders can transport goods at their will. It will cost Taka 1.17 to carry a kilogram of mango to Dhaka from Rajshahi, and it is Taka 1.30 from Chapainawabganj to Dhaka.
Asim Talukder clarified that transport of mangoes in the special train would cost Taka 1,117 per ton whereas courier services cost Taka 20,000 per ton and private trucks cost around Taka 2,000 a ton.