At a time when Indian Railways is facing huge financial losses after suspension of all major long route trains in the last six months owing to the outbreak of Covid-19, Firozpur division of northern railway has turned the table by generating over Rs 17.13 crore revenue in a single day.
The Northern Railway Division transported raw material and essential goods through 35 different goods and parcel containing trains (passing through Ludhiana railway station) on August 29. This is for the first time in the history of the division it has generated such a huge amount of revenue.
Earlier, Firozpur division had generated its all time highest revenue on July 22 after running 34 freight trains containing 1,568 wagons fully loaded with essential goods and raw material. Moreover, railway authorities have improved the speed of all trains containing goods and parcels, which played an important role in attracting many exporters from Ludhiana.
To encourage the staff to continue giving exemplary service, the divisional railway manager has announced a cash award of Rs 5,000 to them. Divisional railway manager of Firozpur division, Rajesh Aggarwal said, “After the work of passenger train affected due to outbreak of Covid-19, railway authorities have given their 100% focus on increasing revenue through railway transportation service, and make use of huge railway infrastructure to counter any financial losses. This development is the result of effectively executing all policies of the business development unit at grass-root level in tough conditions of unlock.”
Aggarwal also said as Ludhiana is an industrial hub of northern India, railways is getting effortless support from big industrial houses. Ludhiana station director Tarun Kumar said, “We have appointed a team of seven members in the city railway station who are responsible for generating revenue.” Railway authorities will soon launch an e-portal for goods trains to track of the movement of goods being supplied to different states through fast moving goods train, added the station director.