On 09.09.20, Hon’ble Minister of State of Railways Shri Suresh Angadi reviewed freight loading performance of Northern Railway through video conferencing with General Manager Shri Rajiv Chaudhry, PHODs of Northern Railway and DRMs of Northern Railway were also joined by VC.
Hon’ble MoS(R) appreciated the freight loading performance of NR till August-20, revenue from freight loading, efforts on Northern Railway to increase freight loading volume and average speed of goods trains, short term improvements in goods sheds and action plan for major infrastructural works, operation of time tabled parcel and container trains, formation of BDUs and efforts made by these units to add new traffic stream, marketing efforts, development of goods sheds on PPP model etc.
GM Shri Chaudhry apprised the Hon’ble Minister that significant steps have been taken to improve freight loading and NR is working on to achieve the target as set by Railway Board for 2020-21. GM informed the proactive approach of Business development units of NR in getting new traffic streams through continuous dialogue with existing and prospective customers. After a long time, Sugar loading has been done by NR with continuous dialogue.
Shri Rajiv Chaudhry, General Manager, Northern Railway and North Central Railway has informed that, Northern Railway has set five new records of loading of food grain in a row during the month of August,-2020. Northern Railway achieved its highest single day loading on 29th of August, 2020 by loading 59 rakes, breaking the previous four records in recent past (24th July, 20 of 55 rakes, 22nd April of 54 rakes, 17th April 53 Rakes &9th April of 51 Rakes respectively). He further explained that Northern Railway has registered best ever originating loading of 6.00 MT during the month of Aug 2020 i .e. improvement of 43.12% over Last year and Best ever Originating loading of 25.43 MT achieved during the period of Apr-Aug. i.e. improvement of 29.41% over Last year. Further he added that today 400th Annapoorna Train (5000 tonne) Long lead-Long haul grain train run by Northern Railway.
Shri Rajiv Chaudhry, General Manager, Northern Railway and North Central Railway further informed that Northern Railway has achieved the highest single day originating earnings of Rs 31.88 crore amongst Zonal Railways on 17.8.2020. Northern Railway has loaded more freight traffic; it has also carried substantially high volume of freight traffic on its network, leading to healthy growth in proportioned earning & Carried NTKM. Carried NTKMs on Northern Railway are increasing (Apr 2507, May 2734, June 3769, July 4471, Aug 5142.75) i.e. improvement of about 105.14% overApril’20. At present Northern Railway’s share is about 9.32% of IR’s carried NTKMs. He said, the decision of setup of Business Development Units at Zonal & Divisional level has now started giving the yield.
Hon’ble MoS (R ) Shri Suresh Angadi congratulated the GM and team of officers and staff of NR for efforts towards increase in freight loading, average speed of goods trains and bringing new traffic streams. He said that development of goods sheds under PPP mode will also boost employment generation and directed that we should try to make our proposals more customer oriented. Shri Angadi said that Railway is working tirelessly towards the clarion call given by Hon’ble Prime Minister for Atmanirbhar Bharat.