Eastern Rly freight traffic up 4.4%

Kolkata: Eastern Railway (ER) posted 4.4 per cent growth in originating freight traffic in 2012-13 at 60.30 million tonnes (mt) over 57.75 mt in 2011-12, according to ER sources. This was the highest ever loading since the bifurcation of ER 10 years ago.
Coal, largest share
Coal accounted for the largest share, nearly 70 per cent, at 41.92 mt (38.25 mt).  The throughput of other cargoes declined at 18.38 mt (9.5 mt). Freight earnings during the period under review amounted to Rs 4,329.09 crore (Rs 3,771.73 crore), up by nearly 15 per cent. During the same period, ER’s total earnings increased by 13.27 per cent at Rs 6,343.77 crore (Rs 5,600.35 crore).  In 2012-13 ER handled 120.65 crore passengers (117.35 crore), recording a growth of 2.8 per cent, the sources said.