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ECoR Sets New Record In Freight Business

Bhubaneswar: The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has set a new record during 2019-20 financial year by loading 200.85 million tonne of freight from its jurisdiction which is 4.73% more than the previous financial year. In 2018-19 financial year, this Railway had loaded 191.76 million tonne of freight.

With this, the ECoR has achieved the No 1 position in freight loading, freight earning and overall earnings in Indian Railways in 2019-20 financial year, according to a statement issued by ECoR.

The ECoR has earned rupees 20,125 crores from freight carrying in 2019-20 financial year as against rupees 18,180 crores carried in last financial year with an increase of 11 per cent.

The South Eastern Railway (SER) has carried 171.11 MT, South East Central Railway (SECR) 169 MT and East Central Railway (ECR) carried 148 MT of freight during 2019-20 financial year. In the earning point, SER earned rupees 14459.5 crores, ECR Rs 15117.8 crores and SECR earned Rs 19835 crores respectively.

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The ECoR has become the first Zone to cross 200 MT loading after the creation of New Zonal Railways. In 2001-02, undivided SER had crossed 200 MT loading.

The East Coast Railway said it has achieved this milestone despite damages to Railway properties in cyclone Fani and disruptions in loading operations. This Railways had made a quickest possible restoration of train services in the aftermath of the cyclone and the loss due to the cyclone had been pegged at more than Rupees 600 crore.

“Surpassing the 200 MT loading target has been achieved due to focus on freight traffic movements, innovative steps and key interventions by Railway Ministry which helped to get it on to the fast-track,” the ECoR statement said.

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“This achievement has also been made despite major affect in cyclone Fani and other obstructions like Naxalite activities in major freight loading hubs, landslides and boulder falling on Railway track disrupting train movements, labour strike at different loading hubs,” added the statement.

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