SCR records 51% increase in freight loading in 2021

The freight loading initiatives combined with the relentless efforts of the South Central Railway (SCR) officials are keeping the freight loading figures of the zone in a growth trajectory.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  5 Sep 2021 11:19 AM GMT
SCR records 51% increase in freight loading in 2021

Hyderabad: The freight loading initiatives combined with the relentless efforts of the South Central Railway (SCR) officials are keeping the freight loading figures of the zone in a growth trajectory. Freight loading figures of the SCR in August have surpassed the digits during the same period last year. The zone has recorded an overall loading of 9.5 million tonnes (MT) during August compared to 6.3 MT during August 2020, which is a 51 percent increase, an SCR release here said on Sunday.

The growth rebound in freight loading is seen with all commodities witnessing higher loading levels. The various policy initiatives for the cement sector introduced by the railways from time to time and the constant efforts by Business Development Units (BDU) teams of the zone have led to the increase in cement loading by 84 MT to 2.93 MT in August 2021 when compared to 1.59 MT in August 2020. This has helped in registering the best-ever figures for cement loading in two years.

Similar trends were witnessed in other commodities as well. In August, 72 percent growth in loading of coal (4.23 MT in Aug 2021 Vs 2.46 MT in Aug 2020), 96 percent growth in loading of container traffic (0.188 MT in Aug 2021 Vs 0.096 MT in Aug 2020) has been registered. In addition, maintaining the average speed of the freight trains at around 50 kmph and increasing the supply of wagons to more than 4,700 per day has facilitated the improvement in freight loading.

Speaking on the occasion, SCR general manager Gajanan Mallya expressed happiness on the zone registering the best freight loading figures continuously in every month of this financial year. He praised the efforts put in by the zonal and divisional teams of the operating and commercial departments in achieving the enhanced loading. He advised them to continue the same momentum for the rest of the year so it benefits both the railways as well as freight customers.

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