The total number of numbers of passengers traveling on non-suburban sectors on Indian Railways has shown a marginal decrease for the period from April 1 to June 30, 2013.
According to a release issued by ministry of railways the number of passengers have decreased by 0.69 per cent in April-May 2013 period as compared to the same period last year.
The official said, “The total approximate numbers of passengers booked during 1st April- 30th June 2013 were 2100.20 million compared to 2114.69 million during the same period last year.”
In the suburban sector, the numbers of passengers booked during April-June 2013 were 1100.88 million compared to 1074.77 million, showing an increased of 2.43 per cent.
However, in non-suburban sector, the decline was 3.90 per cent as 999.32 million passengers were booked in April-June 2013 period compared to compared 1039.92 million during the same period last year.
A senior official said, “This could be because of significant increase in passenger fare a few months ago. Also, the cost of living has become expensive, thus forcing people to cut down on unnecessary travel.”
Some officials said that passenger count has shown a negative growth in non-suburban sector because of Uttarakhand floods that has hampered tourism in t his part of country.
However, the total total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during 1st April to 30th June 2013 were Rs. 33497.09 crore compared to Rs. 29926.67 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 11.93 per cent.
The total goods earnings have gone up from Rs. 21211.41 crore during 1st April – 30th June 2012 to Rs. 23193.98 crore during 1st April – June 2013, registering an increase of 9.35 per cent.
The total passenger revenue earnings during 1st April – 30th June 2013 were Rs. 8724.66 crore compared to Rs. 7462.17 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 16.92 per cent.
The approximate revenue earnings from other coaching amounted to Rs. 1014.36 crore during April – June 2013 compared to Rs. 744.73 crore during the same period last year, an increase of 36.21 per cent.