Even as Corona posed a grave threat to the economy, Indian Railways has achieved a significant milestone of pulling freight traffic ahead of last year’s level. The freight loading was 3.13 million tonnes in July that was higher than last year.
The Railways has completed nearly 200 infrastructure works during the pandemic period. Now it has achieved a milestone in freight transportation also.
Similarly, average speed of freight trains as on July 27 was 46.16 kmph. which is more than double when compared to the corresponding period last year. In July, the average speed of freight trains was 45.03 kmph. While West Central Railway maintained an average speed of 54.23 kmph, Northeast Frontier Railway had 51 kmph, East Central Railway 50.24 kmph, East Coast Railway 41.78 kmph, South East Central Railway 42.83 kmph, South Eastern Railway 43.24 kmph and Western Railway 44.4 kmph
The total freight loading was 3.13 million tonnes. It had transported 76 rakes of foodgrains, 67 rakes of fertilizers, 49 rakes of steel, 113 rakes of cement, 113 rakes of iron ore and 363 rakes of coal.
The Railways has offered several concessions and discounts to make freight movement very attractive.