The Ministry of Railways in a release informed that in the financial year 2020-21, the Indian Railways transported 1232.64 Million Tonnes (MT) of freight, increasing the freight revenue to Rs 1,17,386 crore (approx) for the financial year ending March 31, 2021, as against the freight transportation revenue recorded to Rs 1,13,897 crore during fiscal 2019-20.
To be sure, these trains are running at double the speed of 44 kmph, up from 24 kmph speed in the last fiscal.
Since August 2020, the Indian Railways has run 450 Kisan Rail services and was able to transport over 1.45 lakh tonnes of agricultural produce & perishables, the ministry noted. Looks like that railway services are in accordance with the demand.
On the special train front, 1402 special train services are being operated in one day on an average. As of now, as many as 5381 suburban train services are operational along with 830 passenger train services. Notably, the railways has also included another 28 special trains that are being operated as “clones of highly patronized trains having high patronage.”
As per reports, some more trains will be added this year during April-May 2021 period that will allow clearing the rush in Central Railway. For this, 58 trains (29 pairs) and 30 pairs of trains on Western Railway tracks have also been added. According to the ministry, these trains will cater to the high demand coming from Patna, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Darbhanga, Barauni, Guwahati, Bokaro, Ranchi, Prayagraj, and Lucknow.