End of FY2022: Indian Railways clocks record 1400 MT freight loading

The national transporter’s freight loading for the financial year ending on 31 March 2022 stood at 1418.1 MT (provisional), 15 percent more than the previous best set in FY 2020-21 at 1233.2 MT.

Moving its wheels with a new mantra, “hungry for cargo”, the railways were able to bag the desired results on the back of transporting coal and cement. The national transporter for the first time breached the 1400 million tons (MT) goods loading mark in the financial year (FY) 2021-22.

The incremental loading of 185 MT has been led primarily by coal with 111 MT growth, followed by cement at 17.2 MT and other goods at 15 MT.

The Railways has shown the best growth in both absolute and percentage terms by incremental loading of 185 MT with 15 percent growth. The previous best incremental growth in percentage terms was achieved in the year 1981-82 with 12.9 percent growth.

And, the previous best incremental loading in absolute terms was 66.1 MT achieved more than a decade ago in the year 2005-06.

The figures however are provisional and might change slightly upon finalization of statistics, Railways said.

According to the data, showing an exceptional performance, the Indian Railways have achieved incremental loading in all commodities except fertilizers where the demand was subdued due to high international prices.

In 2020-21, the coal loading was 542.2 MT which increased to 653.3 MT in 2021-22. The loading of raw material for steel plants including iron ore was 183.7 MT in 2020-21, increasing to 197.2 MT in 2021-22.

Cement and Clinker loadings were 121.2 MT in the previous year which increased to 138.5 MT in the financial year 2021-22. Similarly, 62.8 MT of food grains were carried in 2020-21 which increased to 73.4MT this year.

Fertilizer loading was decreased from 54.1 MT in the previous year to 49.5 MT this year.

The sustained efforts made by the national transporter to improve the ease of doing business as well as improve the service delivery at competitive prices has resulted in new traffic coming to railways from both conventional and non-conventional commodity streams.

The customer-centric approach and work of Business Development Units backed up by agile policymaking have also helped the Railways towards this landmark achievement.

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