In a first of kind initiative, South Central Railway (SCR) felicitated the Heads/Representatives of Industries and various other companies/organizations who were active partners in SCR achieving its highest ever Freight Loading and also the best incremental loading amongst all Zones in Indian Railways for the Financial Year 2018-19 today i.e. 18th April, 2019 at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad. The meeting, chaired by Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, South Central Railway was meant to further the excellent partnership of the Railways and its freight customers.
Addressing the gathering, the General Manager, SCR attributed the Zone’s record freight handling to the trustworthy relationship between Officials of the Railway Zone and its major/bulk customers which led to a comprehensive and concerted plan of action, implemented all through the year to analyze and schedule availability of Goods rakes/wagons and streamline movement of freight trains for efficient results.
Seeking to drive home the point that active collaboration can be mutually beneficial to both the Railways as well as its freight customers, Shri Gajanan Mallya sought that the rapport exhibited during the previous fiscal shall be more strengthened so as to keep the performance graph going high. He assured that SCR is willing to act on any feasible and positive suggestion for further streamlining Goods traffic movement, towards optimizing movement and freight handling. It is the feedback from the valued bulk freight customers of the zone which matters, he opined and assured of pro active action on the same. Shri Gajanan Mallya also highlighted the infrastructure development works like new Rail Lines, Doubling/Tripling of Rail lines, Electrification etc. which will substantially enhance the freight carrying capability of the Zone, along with that of the Passenger traffic. He also stressed on the fact the current growth of Indian Railways (IR) has been faster than the economy of the Country, conveying the organizational strength of IR.
South Central Railway loaded 122.6 million tonnes (MT) of freight traffic during 2018-19 which is 19% more than the previous year 2017-18 (103 MT) and also the record highest for the zone from the time of its formation, thereby taking it the select list of top freight handling Zones on Indian Railways. The zone attained yet another high in terms of registering the best incremental loading amongst all zones on Indian Railways in 2018-19, contributing 31% of the total incremental loading achieved over IR during the year. SCR’s Freight earnings touched Rs. 10,955 crore during 2018-19, which marks an 18% increase over the previous year’s earnings of Rs. 9,260 crore.
Earlier, Shri N. Madhusudana Rao, Principal Chief Operations Manager, SCR gave a presentation highlighting the Zone’s performance in terms of freight and passenger traffic during 2018-19. He informed that the Coal (55%) and Cement (23%) are the top two commodities being transported by South Central Railway apart from fertilisers, iron ore and food grains etc. The Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), one of the top coal producing entities in the country which meets the needs of Thermal Power Houses majorly, contributed 39% of total freight traffic of SCR and 71% of the coal traffic being transported by the Zone, he said. Freight earnings have propelled the gross originating earnings of the Zone to Rs. 15,640 crore during 2018-19 which is 15% more than Rs. 13,585 crore during 2017-18, he added. Expressing optimism with regard to the current fiscal 2019-20, Shri N. Madhusudana Rao stated that the freight loading over SCR is expected to touch 136 Million Tonnes with active support coming in from M/s Singareni Collieries Company Limited, Krishnapatnam Port, Kakinada Port, major Power Houses, Cement Companies, Container Corporations and other freight transporters.
The meeting was graced by the Shri D. Prabhakar Rao, Chairman/Telangana State Power Generation Company Limited (TSGENCO), Shri Ajay Jain, IAS, Chairman/Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Company Limited (APGENCO), Shri S. Shankar, Director Electrical & Mechanical/SCCL, representatives from Krishnapatnam & Kakinada Ports; major Cement Companies and Power Houses, Container Corporation of India Limited, forming the core of SCR’s freight customers. Shri John Thomas, Additional General Manager; Shri K. Siva Prasad, Principal Chief Commercial Manager; Shri B. Nagya, Chief Freight Transportation Manager and other Principal Heads of Departments of SCR were also present.