Indian Railways Registers Double-Digit Growth In Freight Traffic In May Despite COVID Challenges, Earns Rs 9,278 CroreIndian Railways (Representative Image) (Pic Via PTI)

The Indian Railways has witnessed double digit growth in freight traffic in May despite COVID related challenges, an official release said on Wednesday (26 May).

"Freight figures continue to maintain the high momentum in terms of earnings and loading in the month of May for Indian Railways," a Ministry of Railways release said.

In FY 2021-22, Indian Railways total loading is 203.88 Million Tonnes (MT) which is 10 per cent more than FY 2019-20 loading figures (184.88 MT) for the same period, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, Indian Railways' Freight loading for the month of May 2021 is 92.29 MT which is 10 per cent more than May 2019 (83.84 MT) and 43 per cent more than May 2020 (64.61 MT) for the same period.

The important items transported during May 2021 includes 97.06 million tonnes of coal, 27.14 million tonnes of iron ore, 7.89 million tonnes of foodgrains, 5.34 million tonnes of fertilizers, 6.09 million tonnes of mineral oil, 11.11 million tonnes of cement (excluding clinker) and 8.2 million tonnes of clinker.

In the month of May, Indian Railways earned Rs 9,278.95 crore from freight loading, the ministry added.

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