Despite the Covid-19 challenges, freight figures continue to maintain the high momentum in terms of loading in the month of July, 2021 for N. F. Railway. N. F. Railway loaded 7.683 MT during July, 21. This is an increase of about 14.8% in comparison the corresponding period of last year.
Loading of few commodities was increased by a good margin in NFR during July, 2021 in comparison to last year. Dolomite loading increased by 156.1%, container loading increased by 16.7%, cement loading increased by 36.4%, and loading of miscellaneous commodities which includes items like Stone chips, Bamboo, Gypsum, Ballast, Potato etc increased by about 180.2%.
Various steps and initiatives are being taken by NFR to further improve the transportation of freight. This includes opening of new stations for handling inward and outward goods traffic, introduction of 24x7 working in goods sheds, regular virtual meetings with producers and stakeholders for attracting piecemeal loading, initiatives by Business Development Units (BDUs) at Headquarters and Divisional levels and improvement in average speed of freight trains due to continuous monitoring. To further improve speedy release of goods train “Round the Clock” working has also been introduced in Changrabandha station under Alipurduar Division.
As a result of BDUs initiatives, local traders and producers could access larger markets for their products. 24 Kisan Parcel trains were dealt with during July. Moreover, 72 freight carrying rakes were interchanged with Bangladesh during last month. This is an improvement of 20% in comparison to the corresponding period of last year.
It is worth mentioning that a number of concessions/ discounts are also being given in Indian Railways to make Railways Freight movement very attractive.