NASHIK: Irrespective of the pandemic challenges and continuous efforts of the Business Development Unit (BDU), freight transportation has continued to maintain the high momentum in terms of loading in the month of May 2021 for Central Railway, its officials have claimed. “ I n M a y 2021, Central Railway transported 6.32 million tonnes which is 45.9% more than May 2020 which was 4.33 million tonnes.
The important items transported during May 2021 includes 3.57 million tonnes of Coal, 0.21 million tonnes of Iron & Steel, 0.58 million tonnes of Cement, 0.86 million tonnes of Containers and 1.10 million tonnes of other goods like fertilizer, POL etc,” a CR official said.
During April-May 2021, Central Railway transported 12.57 million tonnes of freight as compared to 7.55 million tonnes during the same period in 2020 achieving 66.5% increase. “The 12.57 million tonnes freight transportation includes Mumbai Division 2.83 million tonnes, Bhusawal Division 0.95 million tonnes, Nagpur Division 7.30 million tonnes, Pune Division 0.29 million tonnes and Solapur Division 1.20 million tonnes.
It is worth mentioning that a number of concessions/ discounts are also being given in Railways to make Railway Freight movement very attractive. Freight speed improvement leads saving of costs for all stakeholders and Freight speed has almost doubled over year,” he added.
Highest ever freight by railways
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic challenges, Indian Railways’ freight loading and freight earnings continue to maintain the high momentum in the month of May 2021. For the month of May, Indian Railways recorded the highest ever freight loading on a mission mode, according to the Railway Ministry.
In May 2021, the freight loading is 114.8 MT which is 9.7 per cent more than the freight loading of May 2019 (104.6 MT) for the same period. The crucial items transported last month includes 15.12 million tonnes of Iron Ore, 3.18 million tonnes of Mineral Oil, 54.52 million tonnes of Coal, 3.68 million tonnes of Fertilizers, 5.61 million tonnes of Foodgrains, 4.2 million tonnes of Clinker as well as 5.36 million tonnes of Cement, excluding clinker. An amount of Rs 11604.94 crore has been earned by Indian Railways from freight loading in the month of May 202.