New Delhi, July 16
Move less, earn more. So, while the freight loading of Indian Railways was almost flat in June against June 2009, it registered about seven per cent growth in freight revenues during the period.
The Railways moved 79.94 million tonnes of goods (up 0.47 per cent year-on-year) and earned Rs 4,870.62-crore revenue (up 6.99 per cent y-o-y) in June.
The revenue growth was supported by commodities including coal, iron ore, cement, foodgrain, fertiliser and mineral oil.
In net tonne kilometre (NTKM) terms — a parameter that measures the throughput — Railways registered growth for coal, cement, fertilisers, food grains, domestic movement of iron ore and coal movement to steel plants.
NTKM measures the combined effect of change in loading and distance. But, there was a significant dip movement of iron ore exports and container traffic.
The Railways earned 96 per cent more by moving one tonne of iron ore meant exports for one kilometre in June this year against June 2009. This could be due to a mix of increase in fare, handling and other supplementary charges.
Similarly, the Indian Railways earned about 22 per cent more by moving one tonne of goods in containers for one km during the period.
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