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Railways sees highest freight loading ever

Railways sees highest freight loading ever


NEW DELHI:The Indian Railways has registered its highest-ever freight loading for July, which is nearly 13% more than its earlier best of 99.4 million tonnes in the same month in 2019. The national transporter has surpassed its earlier best performance records in freight loading for consecutive 11 months since September.
The railways said it has achieved the highest ever incremental freight loading of 112.7 million tonnes (MT), which is 17.5 MT more than what it achieved in July 2020, an increase of 18.4%. The railways has set FY20 as the parameter to assess its performance, considering that the first two quarters of FY21 were hit due to Covid. The ministry has set a target of 1,407 MTs for freight loadingduring the current fiscal.

Sources said the new railway minister is likely to revise the target and a slew of measures will be rolled out in the next two months to get more freight on rail.
A spokesperson at the ministry said the increase in freight loading in July was due to growth in the loading of coal (23.5%), cement (26.7%), iron ore (14%) and foodgrain (7.9%).




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