Amid challenging pandemic scenario, Southern Railway, with its well-formulated strategies has given a significant impetus to freight and parcel traffic.
Southern Railway has achieved a new feat recording a substantial increase in its freight and parcel revenues in the first two months of the financial year 2021-22. The cumulative earnings from parcel and freight traffic in April and May 2021 over the last fiscal have increased by 331.58 % and 52.89 % respectively. The earnings from freight traffic during April and May 2021 is Rs.427.35 crores and that of parcel traffic is Rs.14.92 crores.
On the freight front, 5.324 Million Tonnes were loaded during April –May 2021 which is 1.357 MT (34.2%) higher than the corresponding period over last fiscal. 1756 rakes were handled during April-May 2021 is 402 rakes more compared to April-May 2020. The freight loaded has also surpassed the target set by Railway Board by 0.244 MT. The freight basket of Southern Railway consists of Coal, Raw material for steel plants, Iron & Steel, Cement, Foodgrains, Fertilizers, Petroleum products, Automobiles Containers and others.
Commodities like Coal, Iron & Steel, Cement, fertilizers and POL products recorded an increase in loading when compared to the previous year.
3.193 MT of Coal in 837 rakes was loaded during April-May 2021. This is 47.68% higher compared to the loading of coal in April-May 2020 which stood at 2.162 MT (568 rakes).
Among other commodities loaded during April-May 2021, Iron & Steel at 0.048 MT (6.6% increase) , Cement at 0.229 MT (65.94% increase), Fertilizers at 0.579 MT (24.51% increase), POL products at 0.546 MT (34.81 % increase) also witnessed an upswing over April-May 2020.
In the Automobiles segment, Southern Railway has transported 18742 tonnes during April-May 2021 and it is 135% more than the quantity transported during the corresponding period last year. A total of 42 rakes comprising a total of 801 wagons were transported during April-May 2021.
The cumulative freight revenue of Southern Railway during April-May 2021 stood at 427.35 Crores, an increase of 52.89% over April-May 2020 which was 279.52 Crores.
As for the Parcel performance during April- May 2021, Southern Railway loaded 29376.5 tonnes, an increase of 172.5% over the same period last year which stood at 10780.4 tonnes.
The cumulative Parcel revenue indices recorded an increase in April-May 2021 for Southern Railway which is Rs.14.92 Crores, an increase of 331.58 % over the same period in last fiscal which stood at Rs. 3.46 Crores.
Speed of Goods Trains:
Southern Railway has taken several steps such as elimination of Permanent speed restriction, improving the reliability of assets, elimination of level crossing gates, etc., to enhance the speed of both the goods and passenger trains. In the month of May 2021, Southern Railway’s goods trains recorded an average speed of 50.58 kmph and it is the topmost speed amongst all the 17 Zonal railways in Indian Railways.
As a part of pan-India marketing strategy, Southern Railway had formed Business Development Units (BDUs), in the month of July, at Zonal level and divisional level comprising of officers from Operating, Commercial, Accounts and Mechanical wings. The primary focus of these units is to bring Railways closer to Industry and Trade and as well as increase the Railway’s share in the transportation of goods in various sectors including non-bulk goods traffic. Southern Railway BDU has been successful in capturing new streams of traffic such as gypsum, clinker, MOP, harvester machines, mosquito nets, automobiles, etc.