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94503-08-2020
Maligaon
Railways pulls Freight traffic ahead of last year's level inspite of COVID 19 related challenges

On mission mode, Indian Railways achieved a significant milestone of pulling freight traffic
ahead of last year's level inspite of COVID - 19 related challenges. o­n 27 th July 2020 the freight
loading was 3.13 MT which is higher than last year for the same date.
It may be noted that Hon’ble Prime Minister had emphasized upon achievement of long term
and far reaching goals during the lockdown. Accordingly, Railways has completed nearly 200
infrastructure works in this period. Now Railways has achieved a milestone in freight transportation
also.
The average speed of Freight Trains o­n 27 th July 2020 was 46.16 kmph which is more than
double as compare 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 27 th July 2020 the total freight loading was 3.13 million tonnes which is higher than last
year for the same date. o­n 27 th July 2020 total 1039 no. of rakes loaded with freight in Indian
Railways which includes 76 rakes of food grain, 67 rakes of fertilizer, 49 rakes of steel, 113 rakes of
cement, 113 rakes of iron ore and 363 rakes of coal.
It may be noted that these improvements in freight movements will be institutionalized
and incorporated in the upcoming zero based time table. These steps will lead to significantly
higher freight traffic and earnings for Railways and cost competitive logistics for the entire country.
It is worth mentioning that a number of concessions/ discounts are also being given in Indian
Railways to make Railways Freight movement very attractive.
Covid - 19 has been used by Railways as an opportunity to improve all round efficiencies and
performances.






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