Railway’s freight traffic and its earnings have crossed last year’s level in the first eight months of the current financial year. Railways said in a statement on Thursday that in the period April-November 2022, it transported 97.87 crore tonnes of goods.
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Railway’s freight traffic and its earnings have crossed last year’s level in the first eight months of the current financial year. Railways said in a statement on Thursday that in the period April-November 2022, it transported 97.87 crore tonnes of goods. While in the same period a year ago, this figure was 90.31 million tonnes. In this way, an increase of eight per cent has been registered in the freight traffic of the Railways during this period. In the first eight months of the current financial year, Railways has earned Rs 1,05,905 crore from freight, which is 16 percent more than a year ago.
By how much did the income of the Railways increase?
In April-November 2021, Railways earned Rs 91,127 crore from freight. In the month of November, the Railways transported 12.39 million tonnes of goods, which is five percent more than the 11.69 million tonnes in November 2021. Railways said in its statement that it has achieved this achievement due to its efforts to promote freight movement under the ‘Hungry for Cargo’ campaign.
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