Indian Railway enter one billion tonne club

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 18:52 administrator

indian railways logoIndian Railways joins select club after exceeding revised freight loading target for the current year.


The Indian Railways achieved a significant milestone when it entered the one billion tonne select club in freight movement, joining Chinese, Russian and USA railways. In 2012-13, Indian Railways have been able to achieve an originating freight loading of around 1010 million tonnes which shows an incremental loading of 40 million tonnes (4.1 per cent growth) over the last financial year.

Under the freight loading strategy adopted by Indian Railways, special focus was given to enhancing evacuation of coal from Coal India Limited (CIL) sources and during the month of March 2013, on an average 228 rakes/day were loaded from CIL sources.  If the washed coal from coal sourced from CIL is included, on an average 247 rakes/day were loaded during March’13.  Due to increased evacuation of coal by Railways, Coal India has been able to achieve an off-take of 465 million tonnes of coal, even though its production was only 452 million tonnes in 2012-13.  There has been a draw down of 13 million tonnes  of stocks with Coal India and its pithead stocks have reduced to 57.9 million tonnes  as on 1st  April 2013 as against 70.9 million tonnes  as on 1st April 2012.  Increased transportation of coal by Railways has facilitated building up of coal stocks with Thermal Power Houses in the country to 20 million tonnes as on 1st  April 2013 as against 14.7 million tonnes as on 1st  April 2012.

Indian Railways also transported 39.29 million tonnes  of foodgrains on Food Corporation of India’s   account in 2012-13 as against 33.71 million tonnes in 2011-12.