KOLKATA: During the first four months i.e. April-July of current financial year (2018-19), South Eastern Railway has earned Rs. 708.71 crores from originating passenger traffic which is Rs.27.40 crores more than the corresponding period of last year i.e. 2017-18 thus registering a growth of 4.02%.
This growth in passenger earnings has been possible due to increase in number of passengers carried during the first four months of the current financial year. During April-July of the current financial year, South Eastern Railway carried 89.53 million originating passengers as against 86.76 million originating passengers carried during the corresponding period of last financial year achieving a growth of 3.19%. Out of total 89.53 million originating passengers, 46.09 million were suburban passengers while 43.44 million were non-suburban passengers. There has been a growth of 1.24% in the number of suburban passengers and 5.35% in the number of non suburban passengers during the first four months of the current financial year in comparison to the corresponding period of last year.
Coal loading during April-July of the current financial year has been 10.96 million tonnes which is a growth of 59% in comparison to the corresponding period of last year. The other major components of freight loading during the above period were 25.45 million tonnes of Iron Ore, 5.05 million tonnes of Pig-Iron & Finished Steel, 3.88 million tonnes of Cement, 1.59 million tonnes of Merchandised Goods etc.