Railways now has 25 straight months of best ever monthly freight loading
Indian Railways has recorded its best ever September monthly freight loading of 115.80 MT in September 2022. The incremental loading during the month has been 9.7 MT i.e. a growth of 9.15% over the previous best September figures achieved in 2021.With this, the Railways has had 25 straight months of best ever monthly freight loading.
It achieved an incremental loading of 6.8 MT in coal, followed by 1.2 MT in iron ore, 1.22 MT in balance other goods, 0.4 MT in cement & clinker and 0.3 MT in fertilisers. Increase in automobile loading has been another highlight of the freight business in 2022-23 – 2,712 rakes were loaded till September as compared to 1,575 rakes during the same period of last year i.e. a growth of 72.2 %.
Cumulative freight loading from April 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022 has been 736.68 MT as against 668.86 MT achieved in 2021-22 i.e. an incremental loading of 67.83 MT, with a growth of 10.14% over the same period last year. Freight NTKMs (net tonne kilometres) increased from 63.43 billion in September 2021 to 69.97 billion in September 2022, registering a growth of 10.3%. Cumulative NTKMs in the first half of the year have also grown by 17.1%.
The sustained efforts of the Railways to increase supply of coal to power houses, in close coordination with the Ministries of Power and Coal, has again been one of the key features of the freight performance in September 2022. Loading of coal (both domestic and imported) to power houses increased by 6.2 MT in September, with 42 MT being moved as against 35.8 MT last year, i.e. a growth of 17.3%. Cumulatively, in the first half of the year, IR loaded more than 64.53 MT extra coal to power houses as compared to the same period of last year, with a growth of more than 29.3%, as per a release.
Source: Exim News Service: New Delhi, Oct. 3