Despite Covid challenges, Indian Railways has maintained the high momentum in Freight figures in terms of loading and earnings during August 2021. Indian Railways freight loading during last month was 110.55 million tonnes which is 16.87 per cent higher compared to August 2020. Indian Railways also earned over 10,866 crore rupees from freight loading during August 2021 which is 20.16 per cent higher compared to August 2020.
The important commodities transported last month includes over 47.94 million tonnes of Coal, 13.53 million tonnes of Iron Ore, 5.77 million tonnes of Pig Iron and Finished Steel, 6.88 million tonnes of Food Grains, 4.16 million tonnes of Fertilizers, 3.60 million tonnes of Mineral Oil, 6.3 million tonnes of Cement excluding clinker and 4.51 million tonnes of Clinker.
A number of concessions or discounts are also being given in Indian Railways to make Railways Freight movement very attractive. The speed of freight trains has been enhanced in the existing network. Freight trains speed improvement leads to saving of costs for all stakeholders. Freight trains speed has doubled during last 19 months.
Ministry of Railways said, Covid 19 has been used by Indian Railways as an opportunity to improve all round efficiencies and performances.