Railway freight traffic up 11% in April-May

OUR BUREAU Kolkata | Updated on November 12, 2017

In first two months of the current fiscal (April-May 2011-12), Indian Railways handled a total of 157.3 million tonnes (mt) of revenue-earning freight traffic as compared to 146.41 mt in the corresponding period of the previous year, thus posting a growth of 10.89 per cent, according to railway sources.

In May alone, the traffic throughput of IR was 79.78 mt (74.24 mt) or a growth of 5.54 per cent.

Meanwhile, during the same period, the East Central Railway (Hajipur,Bihar) posted more than 14 per cent growth in traffic handling at 15.51 mt (13.60 mt), according to an ECR release. In May alone ECR handled 7.43 mt (6.57 mt), recording a growth of 13.02 percent. The average daily loading in May was 3693 wagons (3299 wagons). ECR thus did better than the Indian Railways average.

Coal accounts for the bulk of traffic throughput of ECR. In April-May this year, the volume of coal traffic handled by ECR during the period was 6.69 mt recording a growth of 15.06 per cent. During the same period, the petroleum traffic throughput was up by 19.09 per cent and foodgrains 192.3 per cent, adds the release. EOM

Published on June 16, 2011

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