Indian Railways (IR) has recorded its best ever August monthly freight loading of 119.32 MT in August 22. The incremental loading in the month of August has been 8.69 MT, i.e. a growth of 7.86 % over the previous best August figures achieved in 2021. With this, Indian Railways has had 24 consecutive months of the highest monthly freight loading ever.

According to the press statement, the sustained efforts of Indian Railways to increase the supply of coal to power houses, in close coordination with the Ministry of Power and Coal, have been one of the key features of the freight performance in the month of August. 

“The loading of coal (both domestic and imported) to power houses has increased by 10.46 MT in August, with 44.64 MT of coal being moved to power houses as against 34.18 MT last year, a growth of 31%. Cumulatively, in the first five months of the year, IR has loaded more than 58.41 MT of extra coal to power houses as compared to same period of last year, with a growth of more than 32%,” the presser said.

“IR has achieved an incremental loading of 9.2 MT in coal, followed by 0.71 MT in fertiliser, 0.68 MT in balance of other goods and 0.62 MT Containers. An increase in automobile loading has been another highlight of the 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 press communique stated.

The cumulative freight loading from 1st April ‘2022 to 31st August ’2022 has been 620.87 MT as against 562.75 MT achieved in 2021-22. An incremental loading of 58.11 MT, with a growth of 10.32 % over the same period last year.

The freight NTKMs (Net tonne kilometers) have increased from 63 billion in August ’21 to 73 billion in August ‘22, registering a growth of 16%.