Cargo moved by rail grows by 54% at New Mangalore Port

Our Bureau Mangalore | Updated on March 25, 2013 Published on March 25, 2013

Cargoes moved by rail at New Mangalore Port have seen a growth of 54 per cent during 2012-13.

According to a press release that quoted P. Tamilvanan, Chairman of New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT), 58.07 lakh tonnes of cargo were moved by rail at the marshalling yard of NMPT until Monday (March 25) of the 2012-13 fiscal year as against 37.71 lakh tonnes handled during the corresponding period of 2011-12, recording a growth of 54 per cent.

This has contributed revenue of Rs 350 crore to the Railways, it said.

12 rakes handled

The port handled a record 12 rakes in a day on March 22 at the railway marshalling yard. Of the 12 rakes, 11 were loaded with coal , it said.

Cargo moved through rail at the port — which was at 5.67 lakh tonnes in 2004-05 — increased to 67.30 lakh tonnes in 2009-10.

There was a dip in the rail-bound traffic after 2009-10 due to the shortfall in the handling of iron ore fines.

The shortfall was overcome by increased handling of other cargo such as coal, maize, and wheat, the port said.

Infra thrust

To cope up with the increase in traffic, the port authorities invested in additional infrastructure, strengthened the old railway lines, and added new lines, according to the press release.

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Published on March 25, 2013
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