South Eastern Railway (SER) has loaded 126.20 million tonne of freight upto December 2019, a 10.7% increase over the volume of freight loaded in the same period last year. The Zone is now poised to achieve 170 million tonne (mt) of originating freight loading in this financial year surpassing the target of 164 mt set by the Railway Board.
In furtherance to this objective, a Freight Customer Meet was organized at SER Headquarters, Garden Reach on January 21 to assess the growth projections for the remaining two months of this financial year and the expected demand for freight transportation for the next financial year.
Jaya Varma Sinha, Principal Chief Operations Manager, South Eastern Railway chaired the Freight Customers’ Meet while P K Sahoo, Principal Chief Commercial Manager, Varindar Kumar, Chief Freight Transportation Manager and other Senior Officers of operating, commercial and finance department attended the meeting.
All the major freight customers participated in the meeting and exchanged their views to generate more freight loading which would be profitable to both customers and the railways. Jaya Varma Sinha said that South Eastern Railway has been striving to meet the freight transportation requirements of the mineral-rich, industry intensive eastern region.
The growth in freight loading has been the highest ever for SER and there is potential is to achieve even more, in tandem with the customers. At the meeting, various incentive schemes like, Long Term Tariff Contract, General Purpose Wagon Investment Scheme, Special Freight Train Operator, Own Your Wagon Scheme, Two-point / Mini Rakes were discussed to attract additional freight loading.
On the Non-Fare revenue front, customers were apprised of the benefit of branding the coaching & freight trains and locomotives having extensive viewership in rail network. Major freight customers who attended the meeting were Tata Steel, Tata Metalics Ltd, SAIL, Haldia Port, CONCOR, Tata Steel Long Product, Monnet Ispat and Energy Ltd, JSW Steel Ltd, Nuvoco Vistas, ACC Ltd, Ultratech Cement, JSW Cement, Dalmia Cement Bharat Limited, Rungta Mines Ltd, Bengal Energy Ltd, Sri Mahabir Ferro Alloy Pvt Ltd, Adani Logistics, Essel Mining, GSPL (Barbil), Jai Balaji, Rashmi Groups, IRC Agro Chemicals, TMill Logistics and Triveni Earth Movers, among others.