The Indian Railways has registered a rise in both its freight and passenger
business during April-November 2017 as compared to the same period last year,
according to a data with the national transporter.
The freight traffic, which essentially serves the revenue of the railways,
recorded an almost 5 per cent jump in loading during April 1-November 30, 2017,
as compared to 2016.
Amongst the commodities which contributed to this performance in the
freight traffic include iron ore, which registered a 5.16 per cent growth in
loading, cement which grew by 10.14 per cent, steel by 16.23 per cent,
container traffic by 12.71 per cent and coal by 2.23 per cent.
"In fact, freight loading has seen a 0.79 per cent growth which is
more than what our target was for these months," a senior official of the
railway ministry said.
Overall freight loading saw a growth of 747.70 million tonne in these eight
months of this year, which is 32.02 million tonne more than last year.
The railways, Jamshed said has also earned an additional Rs 1,579 crore in
this period as against last year.
these numbers in the last eight months, the railways seems to have finally come
out of the rut after a dip in passenger traffic since 2013-14 and a marginal
high in 2016.