Doing a commendable job, railways did their bit to ensure city denizens get their share of milk. Was it the milk of human kindness that came to the fore?
Even as demonstrations were going on at Dahanu to block the supply of milk into the city yesterday, the railways were determined to try their best to bring in the tankers before the milk turns sour. The protesters, led by MP Raju Shetti, managed to stop the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central Express yesterday, in which the tankers were meant to be attached. However, the tankers weren't attached to the specific train because Western Railway had anticipated the agitation at Dahanu.
“The train used to pull the milk tankers was changed at the last moment as the agitation was anticipated,” said a senior railway official, adding that the milk is expected to reach the city by night for distribution today. “Efforts have been put in to ensure that milk reaches the city before turning sour, even if that means diversion of route,” noted another senior railway official.
Apart from the efforts put in by Western Railway, the Central Railway too did its bit by bringing in one milk tanker from a different route that is generally used to bring in milk tankers in times of scarcity of milk in the city. Though this was not an unprecedented move, it is worth noting for in the current scenario, the move is likely to strengthen the belief of citizens in the rail transport system.