Record freight for East Coast Railway in Q1 despite Maoist threat, mineral ban

Written by fe Bureaus | Bhubaneswar | Updated: Jul 30 2010, 05:40am hrs
The Maoist threat and trouble in tranportation of minerals notwithstanding, East Coast Railway has achieved a record in freight loading during the April-June quarter of 2010-11.

During the quarter, mineral transportation by rail was badly hit due to the anti-mineral theft measures taken by the state government. The Bhubaneswar-heaquartered railway zone has loaded 25.78 million tonne in April-June quarter of 2010-11 against the target of 25.67 million tonne fixed by the Railway Board, according to a spokesperson of East Coast Railway. During the period, the railway zone has registered a growth of 5.87% over 24.35 million tonne loaded during the April-June period period of the last fiscal. East Coast Railway has earned Rs 1606.18 crore from originating freight loading during April-June quarter of 2010-11 compared to Rs 1475.94 crore during the corresponding period of last year registering an increase of 8.8%.

"This Railway has achieved the record loading despite many constraints in train operations," said the East Coast Railway general manager, Arvind Kumar Vohra.

The railway faced problem during the early part of the quarter in mineral loading in Joda-Badbil iron ore sector as the state government imposed prohibitory orders in an around railway sidings as part of its measures to check illegal raising and tranportation of minerals from the state. This, in fact, brought down the despatches from the iron ore belt to almost zero. To add to it, the Maoist activities also hampered rail movement in the zone. The zone has to cancel, regulate the movement of many passenger trains in certain sectors in view of the Maoist threat.

The Railway zone has also shown a significant improvement on passenger transportation. During the first quarter, ECoR has carried 19.42 million originating passengers registering an increase of 11.89% more than the corresponding period of last year. Similarly, from the earning of passenger carrying, East Coast Railway has earned Rs 170.69 crore compared to Rs 156.58 crore during the year-ago period registering an increase of 9.01%.