- Revival and growth in Coal and Cement loading major contributors during the month of July
- Cumulative freight loading during first four months of current Financial Year grow by 54%
The special focus given by South Central Railway for enhancing the freight loading is continuing to yield positive results in this current financial year, inspite of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the month of July 2021, SCR has transported 9.528 Million Tonnes (MTs) of freight from the Zone. This is more than 50% when compared to the last year loading of 6.341 MTs during July 2020.
The major commodity in SCR’s freight basket – Coal – has seen a revival in loading and has gained momentum in the current financial year, with 4.139 MTs being loaded in July 2021, a 66% increase over July 2020. With major Cement plants located across SCR’s jurisdiction, Cement loading is another major contributor to the total freight loading. During July 2021, Cement loading has also picked up by 53% over July 2020, with 2.811 MTs being loaded. Similarly, the special focus being given to support the agricultural sector for transportation through Railways has resulted in Food Grains and Fertilizers loading registering of 0.794 MTs and 0.735 MTs respectively.
In fact, the freight loading of the Zone has been on an upswing in the current financial year. During the first 4 months of the current financial year viz., April – July, the cumulative loading of the Zone has touched 38.164 MTs, which is 54% more when compared to the same period in the last financial year. Among others, the loading comprised of 18.455 MTs of Coal, 10.63 MTs of Cement, 2.56 MTs of food grains, 2.038 MTs of fertilizers etc.
The Zone has been focusing on the movement of freight traffic duly giving special attention to the factors like average speed of goods trains, availability of wagons, restoring of old traffic, attracting new freight customers etc. The Business Development Units, both at Headquarters and Divisional level have been working on these aspects continuously and the same is being monitored in regular review meetings.
Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager of South Central Railway has expressed his satisfaction on the positive growth momentum in freight traffic right from the start of the current financial year. He instructed the officials to be in regular touch with freight customers so that the problems, if any, faced by them can be attended immediately. He stated that Railways will continue support all segments of freight, so as to provide a safe, economical and fast transportation to its customers.