GUWAHATI: Freight loading figures continued to maintain the high momentum in August 2021 for NFR (Northeast Frontier Railway), which loaded 0.812 MT during August, 2021. This is an increase of about 43% in comparison the corresponding period of last year.
NFR loaded 3.996 MT during the period from April to August, 2021 as compared to 2.779 MT done in the corresponding period of last year. This is an increase of 43.8%.
Loading of a few commodities increased by a substantial margin in NFR during August 2021 in comparison to last year. Coal loading increased by 12.5%, dolomite by 521.9%, container by 120%, cement by 94.7%, and loading of miscellaneous commodities which includes items like stone chips, ballast etc increased by about 85.9%.
From April to August 2021, dolomite loading increased by 426.3% in comparison to the same period of last year. Food grains loading increased by 17.6%; container loading by 105.9%; fertiliser by 27.7%, cement by 59.7%, and loading of other commodities increased by 161.1%. It is an overall increase of 43.8% in comparison to the last year's loading up to August, 2020.
Various steps and initiatives are being taken by NFR to further improve the transportation of freight. This includes various measures like opening of new stations for handling inward and outward goods traffic, introduction of 24x7 working in the goods sheds, regular virtual meetings with producers and stakeholders for attracting piecemeal loading, initiatives by the BDUs (Business Development Units) at the Headquarters and Divisional levels besides improvement in the average speed of freight trains due to continuous monitoring.
It is worth mentioning that a number of concessions/ discounts are also being given in the Indian Railways to make Railways Freight movement very attractive, stated a press release from NFR CPRO (Chief Public Relations Officer) Guneet Kaur.