· Freight Loading at 28.6 MT, up by 55% during April – June 2021
· Freight Revenue at Rs. 2,478 crores, up by 58% during April – June 2021
Freight Loading in South Central Railway has gained momentum during the first quarter of the current financial year viz., April – June and has registered best loading figures on par with pre-covid levels. Surpassing the target of 27.5 MTs set by the Railway Board, the Zone has recorded freight loading of 28.6 Million Tonnes (MTs) during the period between April – June 2021 which is 55% more when compared to the loading of 18.4 MTs recorded during April – June 2020.This has been accompanied by 58% increase in freight revenue (Rs. 2,468 crs) as well. In spite of the impact of second wave of Covid-19, the Zone continues to show positive momentum in the freight loading due to the relentless efforts of Team SCR under the able guidance of Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, SCR.
The traditional coal loading has picked up and has returned to normalcy. This is evident in zone registering coal loading of 14.3 MTs during April – June 2021 which is 83% more than the previous year in the same period (7.8 MTs). Containers Loading registered to the tune of 0.49 MTs in the current year (April – June) which is 88% higher when compared with corresponding period of the previous year (0.26 MTs), while Cement Loading registered 7.8 MTs which is 73% more than the previous year loading in the same period (4.5 MTs). With continuous monitoring and follow up by the team SCR,Cement and Containers loading have also seen an upswing.
The Zone has given special emphasis on availability of wagons so that the Supply is sharply met on par with demand. This is clearly visible in the increase of average wagons supplied in a day. During the current year, 4830 wagons are being supplied in a day on an average, while 3175 wagons per day were available during the last year. The movement of freight trains is being given due importance and regularly monitored at all levels, duly maintaining the average speed of freight trains consistently between 47 to 50 Km/hour.
Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager of South Central Railway has conducted regular review meetings with all the departments and ensured that proper coordination is being maintained to register the spectacular growth in the freight segment. He expressed his satisfaction on the best loading figures registered by the Zone during the current fiscal and instructed officials to keep the same momentum for the rest of the financial year.