New Delhi (NVI): Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today launched a freight business development (FBD) portal, to get a solid boost in ease of doing business with India Railways.
Speaking at the event, Goyal said, “The new freight portal will be game changer in ensuring in ease of doing business with Railway and will ensure that best services are available to the clients.”
He added that, “During the lockdown, railways was providing relentless services in freight transportation in the country. Indian Railways achieved highest ever loading continuously in September, October, November and December 2020.
“Indian Railways has embraced a freight on priority policy by pushing for an aggressive customer-centric approach to expand the freight carried not only from the traditional segments but also by attracting new customers to its fold,” the Ministry of Railways said in a statement.
Goyal further said that, last six years have seen an extra ordinary development in all spheres of Railway operations under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Indian Railway is getting future ready and the commitment of Railways to further improve the services is unflinching, he was quoted as saying in a statement.
Meanwhile, the first of it’s kind dedicated FBD portal can be accessed by logging on to Indian Railways website: https://indianrailways.gov.in/#. It can also be reached directly: https://fois.indianrail.gov.in/RailSAHAY/.
The portal has been aimed towards ensure that all operations stay customer centric, reduce the costs for logistics providers, provide online tracking facility for suppliers and also simplify the process of goods transportation.
It has been specially designed and developed keeping in mind the varied needs of all existing as well as new customers with focus on ease of doing business, to bring more transparency and to provide professional support.
During the virtual event, the industry participants also congratulated the Railways for taking the initiative to offer various incentives to commodity and goods suppliers during Covid-19 times.
They said that the new portal is great step in line with PM’s digital India mission and would not only greatly improve the ease of freight operations but would also enable reduce the costs as well.
Furthermore, the ministry said that, Indian Railways has taken series of steps to boost freight loading like setting up of Business Development Units (BDUs) at Railway Board, Zonal Railway and Divisional levels.
“Multi-disciplinary teams from BDUs have been reaching out to customers to attract new business by providing compelling value-for-money logistics solutions,” it added.