The Indian Railways has said that there has been a significant rise in freight loading and earnings as compare to last year.
“Till September 06, the Railways loading was 19.19 million tonnes which is 10.41 per cent (1.81 million tonnes) higher compared to last year’s loading for the same period (17.38 million tonnes),” it said in a statement.
The national transporter said it earned Rs 1,836.15 crores from freight loading, which is Rs 129.68 crores more compared to last year’s earnings of Rs 1,706.47 crores for the same period.
The Railways has so far loaded 8.11 million tonnes of coal, 2.59 million tonnes of iron ore, 1.2 million tonnes of food grains, 1.03 million tonnes of fertilisers, and 1.05 million tonnes of cement, excluding clinker.
“It is worth mentioning that a number of concessions/discounts are also being given in the Indian Railways to make Railways’ freight movement very attractive. The COVID-19 pandemic has been used by the Indian Railways as an opportunity to improve all round efficiency and performance,” Railways said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Railways has said that work on the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) is gathering speed. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal recently held a review meeting with chief secretaries of state government to expedite the progress and resolve critical issues related to the project.