The Delhi Metro is set to start a cargo service on its high-speed Airport Express Line from March 1 to transport non-perishable and e-commerce items.
The service will be implemented on an experimental basis for three months between New Delhi and IGI Airport Metro stations. It is expected to be a move towards cutting down fuel emissions with fewer cargo vehicles plying on city roads.”
“This will be the first ever occasion when a metro system in the country will be used for the transportation of cargo. These trials will help in accessing the cargo volumes that could potentially be generated on this route on both directions, especially e-commerce cargo. Based on the experience, a tender for a long-term arrangement shall be floated,” said an official spokesperson.”
“The DMRC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a specialised cargo agency for the purpose. Prohibited items as per statutory rules or as notified by DMRC from time-to-time shall not be allowed and the cargo will be transferred after the necessary security checks,” he added.
Officials said that the initiative is expected to help ‘reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, CO2 emission and improve air quality as less number of cargo vehicles will ply on the roads’.