Kolkata, Dec 5: South Eastern Railway in the month of November, 2020 has loaded 15.44 million tonnes of freight as against 14.61 million tonnes loaded in November, 2019 registering a growth of 5.68 %. SER has also surpassed the target of 14.99 million tones of Freight Loading fixed of the month of November, 2020 by loading 3% more than the target.
The COVID-19 pandemic affected the freight loading performance of South Eastern Railway during the first quarter of the current financial year. In spite of nationwide lockdown, SER has continued with the freight transportation to keep the supply chain steady. With gradual improvement in overall situation, freight service of SER has bounced back, crossing the loading target fixed by Railway Board.
The main commodities of freight loading of SER were Iron Ore, Coal, Pig Iron & Finished Steel, Cement, Fertiliser etc.
Revenue generation from freight loading in November of the current financial year (2020-21) has been Rs. 1310.79 crores as against Rs 1227.91 crores in November of last fiscal, registering a growth of 6.75%.
A number of concession/discount is being given by SER to make freight movement attractive through railways. With a view to attract new business, senior officers of SER have been regularly holding meeting with representative of different industries and freight customers. The formation of Business Development Units at Zonal and Divisional levels and increase in speed of freight trains have also contributed to the growth of freight loading.