Indian Rail freight hits new high in FY18
Indian Railway has achieved its
highest-ever freight loading in 2017-18, supported largely by additional transport of commodities, such as coal, cement and containers. This has helped the railway buck the gloomy trend of the previous two financial years, when there was a downslide in throughput. The Indian Railway loaded 1,167 mt in FY18, plugging an additional 59 mt over the previous year's 1,108 mt. Coal accounted for 40 per cent of the total extra goods the public carrier loaded in the year. While cement's share was 20 per cent, containers formed 13 per cent of the total incremental cargo.