No takers for railway car shipping service

City railway station hasn’t shipped a car in more than 10 yrs.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | Chandigarh | Published:October 5, 2013 1:11 am

If you are looking for different options to ship your car to another city,seeking the services of the Railways might not be a wise option. Believe it or not,the price of shipping your car on a train can cost you more than the value of the car itself.

Be it an old tiny car or a brand new SUV,transporting your wagon from Chandigarh via rail to say a city as far as Bangalore will easily cost you around Rs 1.5 lakh. Reducing this distance does not make things any better. For a distance more than 600 km,the minimum charge one needs to pay exceeds a lakh easily.

Residents who approached the railways Parcel Office (which takes care of such services) for enquiring about shipping their four wheelers to distant cities were taken aback once they get to know the charges. Consider this,in his 10 years of service Yudhbir Singh,the now Chief Parcel Supervisor at the Chandigarh Railway Station does not recall any car being sent by a local resident to another city.

While,sending two wheelers is far cheaper and costs around Rs 2,000 or less. Doing the same for cars can cost more than nine times this price. Unlike scooters and motorbikes,cars are sent in a separate 23 tonnes capacity coach for which an individual needs to pay the whole amount. Though he or she can send as much luggage or as many vehicles weighing up to 23 tonnes,this special parcel coach has found no taker other than the Governement and the Armed Forces. “Vehicle sending service is mainly availed by the military or VIP’s where an entire convoy of vehicles has to be sent. No private individual has used this service in a very long time” Singh told the Newsline.

“Every two days,one or more persons come enquiring about the prices of this service but are often shocked to hear the rates” said an employee at the Parcel office. She added,“It is better to sell off the care here and buy a new one in the other city than to avail this service.” The Station Superintendent is actually seen advising people the same. Many people turn to him to reconfirm what they have been told at the parcel office,as they find themselves in complete disbelief.

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