The South Central Railway has registered a milestone in its freight traffic business in the 2018-19 fiscal with its best ever annual performance.
The zone recorded the highest ever freight loading of 117.16 million tonnes (MTs) on Monday.
The earlier best freight loading performance of the SCR was in the financial year 2014-15, when the zone had transported 116.80 MTs of Goods.
According to a statement here, the SCR was a given a target of 111 MTs by the Railway Board to attain in the financial year 2018-19.
N Madhusudana Rao, Principal Chief Operations Manager, SCR envisaged an intensive action plan with a system in place to analyse the requirements of freight customers on an every day basis and positively respond to the same.
The best ever freight traffic record of SCR's achievement has been possible to a significant extent on account of the heavy rise in demand for coal from the power houses in the region.
The zone rose to the needs of one of the biggest coal enterprises in the country.
The Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) and the Krishnapatnam Port Company Ltd (KPCL) have been helping the SCR in achieving the targets.
Among the other commodities which contributed to SCR's performance is cement, with the cement industry having a huge presence in the region served by SCR, giving it good business.
The outcome of this sizeable surge in freight traffic is the significant rise in freight earnings of SCR.
The freight earnings of the zone rose to Rs. 10745 crore in the current fiscal 2018-19 till March 18, 2019.
This is an increase of Rs 2414 crore over the previous financial year's freight revenue earnings of Rs. 8331.00 crore.
Gajanan Mallya, general manager, South Central Railway, has congratulated the entire team of the SCR.