Date Of Post: 08 Dec, 2017
New Delhi: The Railways has registered a rise in both its freight & passenger business during April-November as compared to the same period last year, according to a data with the national transporter. The freight traffic, recorded an almost 5% 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 by 5.16% growth in loading
- Cement by 10.14%
- Steel by 16.23%
- Container traffic by 12.71%
- Coal by 2.23%
- A senior official of the railway ministry said,”In fact, freight loading has seen a 0.79% growth which is more than what our target was for these months.”
- Overall freight loading saw a growth of 747.70 million tonne in these 8 months of this year, which is 32.02 million tonne more than last year.
- Member (Traffic) Mohd Jamshed said.”In the passenger sector, we have grown by 5.22% during April 1-November 20 over the same period last year and added around 50.33 million more passengers. This shows that railways continues to be the preferred mode of transportation for the people.”
- The railways, has also earned an additional Rs 1,579 crore in this period as against last year, Jamshed said.
- With these numbers in the last 8 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.
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