NEW DELHI : South Western Railway (SWR) has ferried 5% more freight cargo in 2016-17.
Ashok Kumar Gupta, General Manager, South Western Railway said that “Stiff freight loading targets set by Railway Board has been met by South Western Railway (SWR) during the FY 2016-17. We have loaded 44.2 million tonnes (mt).”
He added that this is the best ever originating freight loading during the last 10 years and second best loading in the history of SWR since its inception.
The major commodities that contributed to the record are iron ore 14.5 mt (33%), coal 12.6 mt (28.5%) and iron & steel 9 mt (20%).
SWR’s freight basket also constitutes cement, petroleum products, container, fertilizer, food grains and other goods such as sugar, onion, automobiles, granite, granulated slag.
Gupta said new sidings have been opened for Adani Agri Logistics at Malur (near Bengaluru). The siding is constructed for unloading of food grains of privately owned bogie covered hopper wagon for food grains.