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    Indian Railways surpasses last year’s cumulative freight loading

    Published on March 1, 2021

    In spite of COVID challenges, Indian Railways yesterday surpassed last year’s cumulative freight loading for same corresponding period.


     
    Freight figures continue to maintain the high momentum in terms of loading, earning and speed last month. Yesterday’s loading crossed five million tonnes.
     
    As on yesterday, Indian Railways cumulative freight loading was over 1,102.17 million tonnes for this year which is higher as compared to the same period last year.
     
    On a month to month basis, up to 28th of February 2021, Indian Railways loading was 112.25 million tonnes, which is almost 10 per cent higher compared to loading up to same period last year.


     
    On day to day basis, on 28th of February, the freight loading of Indian Railways was 5.23 million tonnes, which is 36 per cent higher compared to last year’s loading for the same date.

     
    The average speed of freight trains last month was 46.09 kilometres per hour which is more than double as compared to last year for the same month.


     
    Last month, Indian Railways earned over 11 thousand 96 crore rupees from freight loading which is 7.7 per cent higher as compared to last year’s earnings for the same period.

     
    On 28th of February, Indian Railways earned over 509 crore rupees from freight loading which is 34 per cent higher compared to last year’s earnings for the same day.


     
    A number of concessions or discounts are also being given in Indian Railways to make Railways freight movement very attractive.

     
    Strong emergence of Business Development Units in Zones and Divisions, constant dialogue with the industry and logistics service providers, faster speed etc are adding to the robust growth of freight business for the Railways.


     
    COVID-19 has been used by Indian Railways as an opportunity to improve all-round efficiencies and performances.