दक्षिण पूर्व रेलवे
SOUTH EASTERN RAILWAY
RECORD FREIGHT LOADING OF 176.45 MILLION TONNES UPTO FEBRUARY 2022 BY SER
SURPASSING LAST YEAR’S TOTAL LOADING 31 DAYS BEFORE CLOSURE OF CURRENT FISCAL
Kolkata, 2ndMarch, 2022:
With constant endeavour and utilization of every right opportunity, South Eastern Railway has reached a new height in freight transportation with the record loading of 176.45 million tonnes during April to February of the current financial year. SER has thus surpassed the last financial year’s total loading of 175.8 million tonnes 31 days before the closure of current financial year.
Till February of current financial year, an overall growth of 12% has been achieved in freight loading compared to last financial year’s loading of 157.58 million tonnes during the corresponding period.
Coal Loading: SER has loaded 37.7 million tonnes of coal up to February 2022 and contributed in uninterrupted supply of coal to the power plants.A remarkable surge of 47% has been achieved in coal loading compared to last year’s loading of 25.65 million tonnes for the same period.
Iron Ore Loading :The impact of increased price and diminished demand of Iron Ore in the international market has caused retreat in iron ore loading since August, 2021 ; yet SER has given a steady performance with97.6 million tonnes of iron ore loading which is 2.83% higher than last year’s loading of 94.91 million tonnes.
Steel Loading : SER has shown a remarkable growth of 13.04% in Steel loading with 17.51 million tonnes steel loaded upto February, 2022 whereas 15.49 million tonnes steel was loaded upto February, 2021 during last financial year.
Cement Loading: 9.38% growth has been achieved in cement loading over last year. SER has successfully managed to transport 12 million tonnes of cement up to February 2022 which was 10.97 million tonnes for the corresponding period of last year.
Setting up of Business Development Unit (BDU) at headquarters and divisions has proved to be a major factor to boost up freight loading. Customer friendly steps like regular interaction with the customers, concession in freight rate and introduction of gainful incentive schemes have helped to bring in new traffic and increase the volume of existing traffic.
South Eastern Railway has also played a pivotal role in transportation of Oxygen from the plants to different parts of the country in the current financial year. During the second wave of COVID-19, altogether 281 rakes carrying 1375 Oxygen Tankers (23,334.65 tonnes) were loaded in SER’s jurisdiction and transported to various parts of the country.
Infrastructure and facilities have been improved by developing the approach roads, proper lighting arrangements, rest rooms for workers etc. to enhance efficiency and encourage loading. SER has also ensured sufficient availability of wagons for freight loading with faster turnaround of wagons.