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Guwahati: Indian Railways (IR) has registered its best ever performance in the freight business in fiscal year 2022-23.
As per the data IR has achieved an originating Freight loading of 1512 MT i.e an incremental loading of 94 MT over the previous best of 1418 MT achieved in FY 2021-22 with a growth of 7%.
The freight transport unit i.e NTKM (Net tonne Kilometre) of Indian railways have also clocked an impressive growth rate of 10 % to breach the 900 Bn mark for the first time to reach 903 Bn NTKMs in the FY 2022-23 as against 820 Bn NTKMs achieved last year.
IR has achieved an incremental loading of 74.6 MT in Coal, followed by 8.7 MT in Balance other goods, 5.6 in Cement & Clinkers, 7.1 MT in Fertilizers, 5 MT in containers and 4 MT in POL.
The loading of Coal (both domestic and imported) to Power Houses has increased by 84 MT in FY 2022-23 with 569 MT Coal being moved to Power houses as against 485 MT last year, i.e. a growth of 17.3 %.
Along with excellent performance in transporting coal to the Power houses , Increase in automobile loading has been another highlight of freight business in FY 2022-23 and 5527 rakes have been loaded in FY 2022-23 as compared to 3344 rakes last year i.e. a growth of 65%.
The commodity wise growth number show that IR has achieved growth in almost all commodity segments.
With this, Indian Railways has had a streak of 31 straight months of best ever monthly freight loading which had started in September 2020.
The year saw IR’s performance excelling in passenger front as well with number of passenger patronising IRs Passenger business increased more than 80% to reach 623 Crore as compared to 344 Crore last year.