Cancellation of trains due to the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in heavy loss in passenger revenue. But, the earnings through operating goods trains have increased to Rs 71.6 crore this fiscal against last year’s Rs 58 crore, recording a growth of 23%, Madurai divisional railway manager (DRM), V R Lenin said Speaking after hoisting the Tricolour at the 74th Independence Day celebrations organized at the divisional office on Saturday, Lenin said that it is the highest ever goods earning during this period.
Speed of goods trains which used to be slower has increased with the average speed touching 40.9kmph, thereby showing an improvement of 67.6%, he said. The division has run 174 parcel and 112 special trains. The DRM said that a total of 1.52 lakh passengers cancelled bookings during the pandemic and Rs 6.7 crore has been refunded till July.
The division has transported 35,618 stranded migrant workers to their home states through Shramik specials and earned Rs 3.2 crore. Lenin said that during the lockdown several important works have been completed in the division taking advantage of the suspension of regular train services. A portion of the second line between Madurai and Tuticorin and its electrification was commissioned for a stretch of 44km between Kadambur-Milavittan-Gangaikondan- Thattaparai on July 15. Complete track renewal work was completed on the Trichy – Dindigul and Virudhunagar- Vanchimaniyachchi section for a length of 12.89km.
Yard remodelling work at Milavittan for the connectivity of the Milavittan- Melmarudur new line as part of Madurai-Tuticorin via Aruppukottai new line was commissioned.