The Indian Railways is gearing up to modernize its parcel management system which caters to a large number of small traders in small towns and cities.
These businessmen mostly transport their merchandise from bigger cities and production centres by trains in a fast, reliable and cheap manner.
As part of the revamping of the parcel management system, the Indian Railways has extended the computerization of the system from 84 locations to another 143 locations in phase-II and 523 locations in phase –III.
This will enhance a user-friendly interface for the official website on www.parcel.indianrail.gov.in.
The public will now be able to book the parcels to be sent through the parcel management system up to 120 days in advance.
Under the improved system, the booking of parcels will be done at stations through computerized counters.
Customers will now be able to track their parcels through the GPRS network and they will also receive messages from the Indian Railways regarding the various stages of transit of their parcels.
The parcel management system will also include a lease module for the registration of long and short term parcel leaseholders and preparation of online manifest.