Continuing its streak of record monthly freight loading, Indian railways for 24 straight month, in August recorded best-ever monthly freight loading of 119.32 million tonne (mt), the ministry of Railways informed noting that the incremental loading in August was 8.69 mt, a growth of 7.86% over the same month in 2021.
“Indian Railways has achieved an incremental loading of 9.2 MT in Coal, followed by 0.71 MT in fertilizer, 0.68 MT in balance other goods and 0.62 MT containers. Increase in automobile loading has been another highlight of Freight Business in FY 2022-23 and 2206 rakes have been loaded in FY 2022-23 till August as compared to 1314 rakes during the same period of last year i.e. a growth of 68%,” the ministry said in a release.
The cumulative freight loading during April-August stood at 620.87 mt , a growth of 10.32 % over same period last year.
The freight net tonne kilometers also increased by 16%, standing at 63 billion in August 2021 to 73 billion in August 2022.
The key features of the freight performance in August, has bee the tireless and sustained efforts of Indian Railways to increase supply of coal to power houses, in close coordination with Ministry of Power and Coal
The loading of coal (both domestic and imported) to power houses has increased by 10.46 mt in August to 44.64 mt.