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Railways transported highest-ever freight load of 1,160 million tonnes in 2017-2018

In the last five years, there has been a steady growth in freight loading by the railways.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2018 19:29 IST
PTI, New Delhi
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In 2016-2017, the total freight loading was 1,109 million tonnes.(AFP File Photo)

The Indian Railways transported over 1,160 million tonnes of freight in 2017-18, which is the highest-ever for the national transporter, ministry officials said on Sunday.

In the last five years, there has been a steady growth in freight loading by the railways. While in 2016-2017, the total freight loading was 1,109 million tonnes, in the previous year it was 1,104 million tonnes, officials said.

They said in 2014-2015, the number stood at 1,095 million tonnes while in 2013-2014 the railways’ freight loading was 1,051 million tonnes.

Freight traffic is the major source of revenue for the railways. Only one-third of the 13,000 trains running daily on the national transporter’s network are freight trains, but it accounts for 65% of the railways’ total revenue.

Raw materials from producing centres to factories and finished/semi-finished products from factories to markets or ports for export are carried by the railways as freight.

First Published: Apr 01, 2018 19:28 IST