-On Passenger front, SCR earns Rs. 465.38 Crs, which is best ever Originating Passenger earnings in April for any financial year, transporting 27% more passengers than last year.
-In freight segment, 11.298 MTs of originating loading was registered by the Zone in the month of April, 2023
South Central Railway has begun the new financial year 2023-24 on a robust note with the Zone recording it’s best-ever performance in both passengers and freight segments for the month of April in any financial year. The Zone has achieved originating passenger revenue of Rs. 465.38 Crores during April 2023, which is the highest-ever earnings in the segment for April Month in any financial year. This is also the second best monthly earnings for any financial year.
The spurt in growth was also witnessed in the number of originating passengers with 21.90 million being transported in April 2023 compared to 17.23 millions in April 2022, registering a growth of 27.10% growth. Apart from the regular trains, the Zone has introduced additional special trains during this period to meet the summer demand from the passengers. 65 special trains were operated resulting in 464 trips to meet passenger rush in April, 2023. This has helped in transporting additionally 3.39 lakhs of passengers, while generating Rs. 26.60 Crs of revenue in April, 2023.
On the freight segment, the Zone has registered 11.298 MTs of freight loading in April 2023, which is also the best-ever freight loading achieved for April in any financial year. This is nearly 7.5% more than the corresponding loading recorded last year. Simultaneously, freight revenue has grown by 18% during this year growing to Rs. 1,105.79 crs in April 2023, compared to Rs. 937.21 crs in April 2022.
Coal continued to lead the growth in the overall freight loading of the Zone by registering 13% growth and contributing 5.98 MTs of loading. Other significant commodities which have contributed towards overall freight loading of SCR includes: Cement (2.95 MTs), Food grains (0.52 MTs), Fertilizers (0.547 MTs) and Iron Ore (0.278 MTs) among others. The Zone has been giving special focus towards widening its freight basket by starting new streams of traffic, while strengthening the existing commodity streams. Proactive actions combined with timely supply of wagons have led to 5,732 wagons on an average being supplied each day to the freight customers. Shri Arun Kumar Jain, General Manager, South Central Railway has congratulated both the Operating and Commercial teams for this outstanding achievement at the beginning of the new financial year. He said that these type of achievements will definitely boost the morale of the staff and helps in taking forward the commitment for the rest of the financial year. The General Manager advised the Divisions to continue the momentum and take steps for meeting the demand of both passengers and freight customers.