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Indian Railways break several records in freight loading during Financial Year-2021-22

Indian Railways has for the first time ever breached the 1400 MT Freight Loading mark in this Financial Year. The Originating Freight Loading of Indian Railways for the FY 2021-22 stood at 1418.1 MT (provisional) which is 15% more than the previous best set in FY 2020-21 at 1233.2 MT. The incremental loading of ~ 185 MT has been led primarily by Coal with 111 MT growth, followed by Cement at 17.2 MT and Balance other Goods at 15 MT.

The incremental loading of 185 MT with 15% growth is the best ever growth in both absolute and percentage terms. The previous best incremental growth in percentage terms was achieved in the year 1981-82 with 12.9 % growth. The previous best incremental loading in absolute terms was 66.1 MT achieved more than a decade ago in the year 2005-06.

A Year of Records, FY 2021-22 has seen the best ever figures in many indices including Freight Loading and Revenue. Below is the snap Shot of the records broken in FY 2021-22:

Indices Previous Best Date/Period New Best* Date/Period
Freight loading 1233.3 FY 20-21 1418.09 FY-21-22
Gross Freight Revenue  ₹1,27,430 FY 18-19 ₹ 1,43,732** FY-21-22
Incremental Loading 66.1 MT FY 07-08 185 MT FY 21-22
Average Wagons Per day 54,469 FY 20-21 62,885 FY -21-22
Highest Loading in a single day 1,03,737 Wagons (7.8 MT) 31.03.2021 1,06,227 Wagons (8.14 MT) 31.03.2022
Highest Loading in a Month 130.48 MT March’ 2021 139.25 MT March’ 2022
Revenue NTKM 702 Billion FY 18-19 820 Billion FY-21-22

* The Figures are provisional and might change slightly upon finalisation of Statistics.

** Gross Revenue figures before apportionment

Following the Mantra, “Hungry For Cargo”, IR has made sustained efforts to improve the ease of doing business as well as improve the service delivery at competitive prices which has resulted in new traffic coming to railways from both conventional and non conventional commodity streams. The customer centric approach and work of Business Development Units backed up by agile policy making helped Railways towards this landmark achievement.

Indian Railways achieved incremental loading in all commodities except Fertilizers where the demand was subdued due to High International Prices. The details of Commodity wise Loading along with incremental loading is as follows:-

Commodity 2020-21 2021-22* Incremental Cargo % Variation
Coal 542.2 653.3 111 20.5
Raw Material For steel plants (Including Iron Ore ) 183.7 197.2 13.5 7.3
Finished Steel and Pig Iron 59.3 68.3 8.9 15.1
Cement and Clinker 121.2 138.5 17.2 14.2
Food grains 62.8 73.4 10.5 16.7
Fertilizers 54.1 49.5 -4.6 -8.5
POL 43.01 45.02 2.01 4.7
Containers 63.2 74.3 11.1  
Balance Other Goods 103.3 118.4 15.04 14.5
Total 1233.2 1418.1 184.99 15.0

* The Figures are provisional and might change slightly upon finalisation of Statistics.

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