Hyderabad: The sustained efforts of SCR combined with the Policy initiatives like Tariff and non-Tariff concessions resulted in September month Freight Loading of the Zone surpass the freight loading during the same period over last year though the pandemic situation prevailing across the Nation.
The Zone has recorded an overall loading of 7.56 MT during the month of September 2020 compared to an overall loading of 7.51 MT recorded during September 2019.
Significantly, the growth rebound in loading has been across the spectrum with all commodities witnessing higher loading levels (except Coal) in the month of September 2020 compared to same period last year.
The policy initiatives for the Cement sector – like relaxations in the Mini rake loading, tariff concession for long-lead traffic and relaxing train load benefits norms among others – combined with the active canvassing by the Operating and Commercial teams has contributed to the cement loading increase by 29% to 2.2 MT in September 2020 compared to 1.7 MT in September 2019.
The active coordination with the Officials of the Food Corporation of India, State Corporations and Traders has led to Food grains loading witnessing a growth of 15% in September 2020.
In addition, close liaisoning with the Ports authorities as well as fertilizer companies has resulted in the loading of fertilizers increased by 23.5% to 0.68 MT in September 2020 compared to 0.55 MT in September 2019.
Similar growth trends were also witnessed in other commodities as well, 26% growth in loading of Raw Material commodities for Steel Plants (0.24 MT in Sep 2020 Vs 0.19 MT in Sep 2019), 14% growth in loading of Petroleum products (0.032 MT in Sep 2020 Vs 0.028 MT), 22% growth in Containers loading (0.11 MT in Sep 2020 Vs 0.09 MT in Sep 2019) and 9% growth in loading of other commodities (0.36 MT in Sep 2020 Vs 0.33 MT in Sep 2019).
In addition, running the freight trains at a much higher speed has facilitated a lot in enhanced freight loading. The average speed of the freight trains was drastically improved by 97%i.e., from 26 kmph in September 2019 to 51 kmph in September 2020.
In fact, South Central Railway has recorded the third best average speed in the freight train movements across the Indian Railways. Continuous monitoring of the freight train movements along with the large-scale track maintenance works have also contributed towards increase in freight loading.
Gajanan Mallya, General Manager of South Central Railway appreciated the efforts put in by the Zonal and Divisional teams of Operating and Commercial departments in achieving the enhanced loading during the pandemic times.
He advised the teams to maintain the same momentum for the rest of the year, so that it benefits both the Railways as well as the freight customers.
He instructed the Officers and Staff to have a proactive approach in addressing the concerns of the freight customers and directed to render all out efforts in attracting new traffic duly strengthening the existing traffic. (INN)