Bhubaneswar: The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has added another glorious chapter by achieving record revenue loading performance and become the largest freight loading railway zone of Indian Railways in 2015-16 financial year. According to an official statement released here on Tuesday, the ECoR has loaded 173.49 million tonnes of freight in 2015-16 as compared to 161.91 million tonnes achieved in the corresponding period of last year, a growth of 7.1 per cent.
In 2015-16, the ECoR has earned revenue worth Rs 15978.28 crores as freight revenue, a growth of 14.13 per cent over the previous fiscal. In 2014-15 fiscal, the ECoR earned Rs 14,017 crore. In coal loading, the ECoR has carried 79.4 rakes per day from its jurisdiction against 72.7 rakes per day in previous financial year.
The coal loading capacity was 40.8 rakes per day from Talcher area followed by 8.7 rakes (Visakhapatnam port), 7.7 rakes (Gangavaram port), 11.7 rakes (Paradeep Port), 9.5 rakes (Dhamara Port) during 2015-16 financial year. Similarly in iron ore loading, this ECoR has loaded 14 rakes per day in 2015-16 financial year including 5.2 rakes per day under Khurda Road division and 8.8 rakes day from under Kottavalasa-Kirandul line under Waltair division. Altogether, ECoR has carried 131.2 rakes against 122.4 rakes per day in 2014-15 fiscal. These include coal, iron ore, cement, food grains, and other commodities.
Chakradharpur highest freight loading division on Indian Railways
Chakradharpur Division of South Eastern Railway has emerged as the highest freight loading division of the Indian Railways in the financial year 2015-16, an official statement said.
This Division has carried 95.76 million tonnes of revenue earning freight before the end of this financial year 2015-16 (up to March 29) and made an all time record of loading in a financial year, South Eastern Railway said in a release here.
Earlier, in 2013-14, the highest loading achieved by this Division was 95.58 million tonnes, which has been surpassed in this fiscal, it said.
The major components of this loading performance were iron ore, coal, steel, cement, etc.