For Indian Railways, October proved to be a bad month in freight loading. There was a drop of 1.67 million tonne during the month. The reason was major freight loading zonal railways were hit by the inclement weather, particularly cyclone Phailin.
In the last fiscal, the South Central Railways has achieved an eight per cent increase in freight loading due to increased movement of coal and fertilisers. The zone handled 111.5 million tonne of cargo during the year against 103.2 mt in the previous year.
The South Eastern Railway (SER) loaded 41.16 million tonne (mt) of freight during April-July period against a target of 37.92 mt. Improvement in loading of iron ore in June and July helped the SER surpass the Railway Boardâ€™s freight loading target.