The importance of coal as the single biggest traffic item for the Railways has been increasing steadily.
The share of coal in Railways’ total traffic was 47% in FY 12, which increased to 49% in FY13. It is likely to increase to almost 50% in the present financial.
The Railways has projected coal throughput of 528.8 million tonnes (mt) for FY14, 33 mt higher than the 496 mt estimate for the previous financial.
Total traffic through the period is likely to boost by 57 mt to 1,067 mt, up from the 1,010 mt projected for FY13.
In other words, the share of coal in the Railways’ total incremental traffic during 2013-14 will be close to 58%.