Do you want a quicker delivery of your consignments at no extra cost? Come January 2007 and India Post will join hands with the Railways to make it happen.
Special “cabins” will be attached to faster trains such as the Rajdhani Express for transporting big parcels and consignments. The IP-IR joint venture will set rolling the Railway Parcel Post service next year.
A Memorandum of Association is likely to be signed between the two in the first week of December, said John Samuel, General Manager, Business Development, of India Post.
‘Drive the Economy Faster’ is the underlying principle for the postal department and the Railways. The MoU’s finer details, particularly the profit-sharing mechanism, are being worked out, Samuel said.
The new scheme would be implemented in a phased manner. To begin with, it would cover the metro cities. “You may have your consignment from Delhi delivered in Mumbai the very next day. Currently, it takes two weeks by road and air delivery is relatively expensive,” explained Samuel.
On its part, India Post will use its network of Parcel Post Centres to book stocks. At present, big cities like Delhi have two to three such centers but IP has plans to expand itS reach in due course.
Samual said IP would lift consignments from customers’ doorsteps for being handed over to the Railways that hitherto carried only mailbags containing letters and small parcels.
Significantly, IP has also entered into partnerships with private sector companies for delivery of parcels all over the country. Computer giant HCL has become one of its main customers and the postal department expects an annual Rs 50 crore turn over once the system gets going. “TVS electronics and Readers Digest are using our services and the number of such clients is expected to grow,” Samuel said.