The railroads will carry all relief supplies to the flood-affected northeastern states for free, officials said Monday.
The free transportation will apply to relief and relief supplies between states and within the state using vans or second class, baggage guards and freight trains, a North East Frontier Railways spokesperson said here.
All kinds of freight charges have been abolished from every part of the country to the region for this purpose, and no additional charges such as demurrage, quay or others are charged for the transportation of relief supplies, he said.
Less than standard compound rakes can be booked with relief supplies for the flood-affected region and non-governmental organizations can send free relief supplies to the flood-affected areas in the region, such as those owned by the government. However, NGOs would require the proper approval of the divisional railway managers, who are empowered to make decisions about any further additional facilities, including linking additional carriages or vans to different trains heading northeast.
In the case of NGOs, the sender or consignee must be the district magistrate or deputy commissioner in whose jurisdiction the dispatch or receiving post is located, the spokesman added.
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