Hyderabad: For the first time, South Central Railway (SCR) loaded caustic soda from Veldurthi railway station in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday. About 80 containers consisting of around 2,200 tonnes of caustic soda lye were loaded in 40 BLL flat wagons from Veldurti and sent to Nalco Siding at Damanjodi of Odisha, a SCR release here said.

Caustic soda lye is a major product being produced at Thandrapadu village near Kurnool which is 50 kms from Veldurti station. It is used to manufacture soaps, rayon, paper, explosives, dyes, and petroleum products. It is also used in processing cotton fabric, laundering and bleaching, metal cleaning and processing, oxide coating, electroplating and electrolytic extracting.

The product was usually transported by road but the business development unit of Hyderabad division was able to convince the freight customers to send their product through Railways as it was safe, secure, economical, and free from pilferages. Consequently, the freight customers came forward to load caustic soda in tank containers from Veldurti station.

Speaking on the occasion, SCR general manager Gajanan Mallya complimented the officials and staff of Hyderabad division for adding one more commodity to the zone's freight basket. He instructed zonal and divisional BDUs to continue the same commitment so that the freight traffic of the zone continues to grow. Mr. Mallya said that transportation by Railways is a mutually beneficial proposition for both Railways as well as the customers.

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