N. F. Railway has been successful in carrying produces of the Northeast to the bigger markets across the country to help local farmers, agro-producers and traders. Business Development Unit (BDU) formed in N. F. Railway has acted as a single window solution for freight business.
Recently on 29th December, 2021 BDU team of Tinsukia division met District officials of Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh and discussion were held how to increase income of farmers and Self Help Groups (SHGs). Building market linkage to transport and space at stations for showcasing and selling of handicrafts, locally processed/packed products were discussed. Various aspect of transportation of agricultural products from Changlang area of Arunachal Pradesh through train from New Tinsukia to Kochi was discussed.
During last week of December, 2021 maize traffic was transported from Purnea to Azara as a result of BDU effort. Stone chips were transported from Damdim of Alipurduar division, Shribar, New Harangajao, Panchgram, Amoni and New Haflong of Lumding division to different destinations. Cement traffic was loaded from STAR siding, Lanka and Salchapra of Lumding division for various destinations. Clinker from Bihara of Lumding division; coal from Tuli of Tinsukia division; raw betel nuts, black tea, cardamom, sesame seeds etc. from New Tinsukia, Dibrugrah , Mariani were transported to different destinations during the week.
N. F. Railway has set up Business Development Units (BDUs) at all the Divisions i.e. Katihar, Alipurduar, Rangiya, Lumding and Tinsukia and also at Zonal Head Quarters level to increase the freight transportation volume. These BDUs are having frequent interactions with Trade & Industry players within their respective areas to find new traffic for movement by train. Railways being a faster and cheaper mode of transport than the road ways, this will boost the local economy by making larger markets across the country.