South Eastern Railway (SER) is set to surpass the freight loading target set for year 2019- 20. During the first 10 months of 2019-20, SER loaded 141.78 million tonnes as against 127.26 million tonnes loaded in the corresponding period of 2018-19. This was a growth of 11.41%.
Given its performance between April and January, SER is set to cross the target of 164 million tonnes set by the Railway Board for 2019-20. SER has already surpassed the Board’s proportionate target for the period April to January by 5.26% by loading 7.08 million tonnes more than the target. “Due to this growth in freight loading, SER earned Rs 11,900.03 crore from freight sector between April 2019 and January 2020 of the current fiscal. This is Rs 1,514 crore more than the same period of last year.
The growth, as compared to the corresponding period last year, is 14.58%,” said Sanjoy Ghosh, CPRO, SER. The major components of freight loading during the above period were 81.46 million tonnes of iron ore, 28.27 million tonnes of coal, 13.81 million tonnes of pig-iron and finished steel and 9.24 million tonnes of cement. In the iron ore sector there is a growth of more than 21% in comparison to same period of last year.