LANDMARK MILESTONE ATTAINED BY WR
‘HUNGRY FOR CARGO’ INITIATIVE YIELDS FRUITFUL RESULTS
WR ACHIEVES Rs. 5000 CRORES IN FREIGHT REVENUE
Photo Caption: Various views of loading over Western Railway
In a major impetus to the ‘Hungry for Cargo’ motto, various efforts initiated by Western Railway has started yielding positive results and this has resulted in yet another landmark breakthrough. Western Railway has crossed the milestone of Rs. 5000 cr. in freight revenue in just six months of the current financial year. This major feat has been made possible under the visionary leadership, able guidance and energetic motivation of Shri Alok Kansal – General Manager of Western Railway. The giant strides taken by WR in capturing new commodities & markets have enhanced the freight traffic & proved to be a success. With these sustained efforts, WR is contributing to the multi- facet progress of the nation’s economy.
According to a press release issued by Shri Sumit Thakur - Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, during the period from 1st April, 2021 to 27th September, 2021, WR achieved revenue of approx.. Rs. 5040 cr registering almost 20% growth in comparison to previous year for the corresponding period. This has been made possible due to impressive loading of Industrial Salt, Cement, Coal, Containers and Automobile. The revenue from these commodities has shown an increasing trend as compared to last year for the same period. Moreover, loading of non- traditional commodities like Gypsum, Bentonite, Bauxite, Soda Ash are also showing a positive growth in revenue over last year. With the aggressive marketing efforts of the Business Development Units (BDUs), WR has been able to attract new traffic in the form of new customers / destinations / commodities / originating stations, thereby, generating additional revenue of Rs. 332.86 cr. With a view to enhance revenue, a paradigm shift in policies such as running of RO - RO services, Station to Station proposals and grant of concessions in freight are being planned for the current financial year.
Shri Thakur further informed that during the period from 1st April to 27th September, 2021, Western Railway has transported commodities weighing more than 1.41 lakh tonnes through its 360 parcel special trains, which included agricultural produce, medicines, medical equipment, fish, milk etc. The revenue generated through this transportation, has been approx Rs. 49.61 crores. 90 Milk Special trains were run by Western Rly, with a load of more than 63 thousand tonnes and 100% utilization of the wagons. Similarly, 106 COVID-19 special parcel trains with a load of approx. 20382 tonnes were also run to transport essential commodities. In addition to this, 75 indented rakes carrying about 35,000 tonnes were also run with 100% utilization. To help the farmers find new markets for their produce and also for its economical and fast transportation, 89 Kisan Rails with load of more than 22,500 tonnes have also been run during this period from various divisions.
Shri Thakur also stated that, during the period from 1st April to 27th September, 2021 total 18,803 rakes of goods trains have been run by WR and carried 40.80 million tonnes of essential commodities as compared to 33.99 million tonnes in the corresponding period last year. 39207 freight trains were interchanged with other zonal railways, of which 19644 trains were handed over and 19563 trains were taken over at different interchange points.