Railways’ freight loading up 10% in February

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Improvement in the speed of freight trains and a number of concessions/discounts given by IR to make freight movement attractive have given a boost to IR’s freight performance. The average speed of freight trains in February 2021 was 46.09 kmph against 23.01 kmph a year ago.

Railway freight operations have continued to maintain pace, with 112.25 MT of loading in February, up 10% from the year ago. Freight earnings stood at Rs 11,096.89 crore, up 7.7% over February 2020.

Improvement in the speed of freight trains and a number of concessions/discounts given by IR to make freight movement attractive have given a boost to IR’s freight performance. The average speed of freight trains in February 2021 was 46.09 kmph against 23.01 kmph a year ago.

The National Rail Plan has projected that the share of rail in freight movement across the country will rise to 44% by 2051 — a rise of 16% from 28% at present. This will be enabled by a rise in the average speed of freight trains, commissioning of dedicated freight corridors and discounts on certain items.

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