Railways have registered about nine per cent growth in freight traffic during the first two months of this fiscal, earning Rs 10,044 crore.
During the period between April and May, it carried 146.41 million tonnes of freight traffic as compared to 141.63 million tonnes carried during the corresponding period last year, an increase of 3.37 per cent.
"It generated Rs 10,044.54 crore as compared to Rs 9,216.12 crore during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 8.99 per cent," said an official release.
In May alone, it earned Rs 5,151.79 crore. Out of this figure, Rs 1,955.78 crore came from transportation of 33.61 million tonnes of coal, followed by Rs 774.22 crore from 9.79 million tonnes of iron ore for exports, steel plants and for other domestic user.
The other items it carried during the period included cement, food grains, petroleum oil and lubricant (POL), pig iron and finished steel from steel plants and other points.