SOUTH EASTERN RAILWAY
SER GAINS MOMENTUM IN FREIGHT LOADING
Kolkata, 4th February, 2021:
South Eastern Railway in the month of January, 2021 has loaded 17.18 million tonnes of freight as against 15.58 million tonnes loaded in January, 2020 registering a growth of 10.27%. SER has also surpassed the target of 16.06 million tonnes of freight loading fixed for the month of January, 2021 by loading 6.97% more than the target. Revenue generation from freight loading in January, 2021 of the current financial year (2020-21) has been Rs. 1534.63 crores as against Rs 1307.16 crores in January of last fiscal, registering a growth of 17.4%.
During the first ten months i.e April to January of current financial year (2020-21), SER has loaded 141.87 million tonnes of freight as against 141.78 million tonnes loaded during the corresponding period of last financial year.
The COVID-19 pandemic affected the freight loading performance of South Eastern Railway during the first quarter of the current financial year. In spite of nationwide lockdown, SER has continued with the freight transportation to keep the supply chain steady. With gradual improvement in overall situation, freight service of SER has bounced back.
The main commodities of freight loading of SER were Iron Ore, Coal, Pig Iron & Finished Steel, Cement, Food Grains, Fertiliser etc.
A number of concession/discount is being given by SER to make freight movement by railways attractive. With a view to attract new business, Senior Officers of SER have been regularly holding meeting with representatives of different industries and freight customers. The formation of Business Development Units at Zonal and Divisional levels and increase in speed of freight trains have also contributed to the growth of freight loading.