New Delhi (NVI): Indian Railways registered highest ever monthly freight loading of total 119.79 million tonnes (MT) in January 2021, which indicate fast moving economic upswing, the Railway Ministry said today.
The last best freight loading was recorded in March 2019 as 119.74 million tonnes.
“On mission mode, Indian Railways’ freight loading for the last few months have crossed last year’s loading and earnings for the same period. It is expected that cumulative freight loading will surpass last year’s freight loading figures,” the Ministry of Railways said in a statement.
According to the statistics till February 8, the Railways loading was 30.54 million tonnes which included 13.61 million tonnes of coal, 4.15 million tonnes of iron ore, 1.04 million tonnes of foodgrains, 1.03 million tonnes of fertilizers.
It also includes 0.96 million tonnes of mineral oil and 1.97 million tonnes of cement (excluding clinker).
The ministry mentioned that a number of concessions and discounts are also being given in Indian Railways to make Railways Freight movement very attractive.
Indian Railways has also used COVID-19 as an opportunity to improve all round efficiencies and performances.
Meanwhile, to attract new business and incentivise other existing clients, ministry has held meetings with top leadership of iron and steel, cement, power, coal, automobiles and logistics service providers, the statement said.
“Also, business development units at zonal and divisional levels and near doubling of freight speed is contributing to sustainable growth momentum,” it added.