Railway's freight earnings go up by over 7 per cent
New Delhi: Earnings of Railways from freight has increased by over seven per cent in the first quarter of 2014 as compared to the corresponding period last year.
Railways have earned Rs 24,541.96 crore from freight traffic during April-June 2014 as compared to Rs 22,795.55 crore during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 7.66 per cent, according to railway ministry data.
The national transporter carried 267.68 million tonnes (MT) of freight during April-June 2014 as compared to 256.79 MT carried during the same period last year, registering an increase of 4.24 per cent.
It earned Rs 8136.70 crore from freight traffic during June 2014 out of which Rs 3533.04 crore came from carriage of 41.57 MT of coal, followed by Rs 700.40 crore from 9.91 MT of iron ore for exports, steel plants and for other domestic users.
Railways generated Rs 760.14 crore from by transporting 9.25 MT of cement, Rs 696.75 crore from 4.57 MT of foodgrains, Rs 481.98 crore from 3.63 MT of petroleum oil and lubricant (POL), Rs 515.14 crore from 3.27 MT of pig iron and finished steel from steel plants and other points, Rs 421.70 crore from 3.84 MT of fertilisers.
It earned Rs 113.41 crore by carrying 1.22 MT of raw material for steel plants except iron ore, Rs 373.96 crore from 3.96 MT by container service and Rs 540.18 crore from 5.92 MT of other goods.