Despite COVID, Railways Pulls Off Better Freight Traffic Over Last Year

NEW DELHI || On mission mode, Indian Railways achieved a significant milestone of pulling freight traffic ahead of last year’s level in spite of COVID 19 related challenges, an official said on Wednesday. On July 27, 2020, the freight loading was 3.13 MT which is higher than last year for the same date.

Railways have also completed nearly 200 infrastructure works in this period. Now Railways has achieved a milestone in freight transportation also, the official further informed.

The average speed of freight trains as on July 27, 2020, was 46.16 kmph which is more than double as compared to last year for the same date (22.52 kmph). In the month of July the average speed of freight trains is 45.03 kmph which is around double as compare to last year for the same month (23.22 kmph).

West Central Railway with the average speed of 54.23 kmph, Northeast Frontier Railway with the speed of 51 kmph, East Central Railway 50.24 kmph, East Cost Railway 41.78 kmph, South East Central Railway 42.83 kmph, South Eastern Railway 43.24 kmph and Western Railway with the speed of 44.4 kmph are the leading Railway Zones in the average speed of freight train in Indian Railways.

On July 27, 2020, the total freight loading was 3.13 million tonnes which is higher than last year for the same date. On the same day this year, a total 1039 no. of rakes were loaded with freight in Indian Railways which includes 76 rakes of food grain, 67 rakes of fertiliser, 49 rakes of steel, 113 rakes of cement, 113 rakes of iron ore and 363 rakes of coal.

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