While the proposal for dedicated rail freight corridors starting and ending at New Delhi is still gathering dust with the Railways Ministry,the Northern Railway seems have made a strong case for it.
The Northern Railway administration has set a new record by achieving the highest ever originating freight loading of 9.32 million tonnes during the first two months of the current financial year 2013-14.
According to the Northern Railway,the figure for just two months is a staggering 29.7 per cent more than the figure for the corresponding period last year 7.18 million tonnes.
Railway officials said this was the highest growth of incremental freight traffic in the whole of Indian Railways.
The growth in originating freight loading has also resulted in the Northern Railways achieving an all-time high Freight Revenue Earnings of Rs 1397.02 crore against Rs 948.53 crore earned during the corresponding months of last year. It has generated an additional freight revenue of Rs 448.49 crore during the first two months of the current financial year, the spokesperson for the Northern Railway said.
According to experts,this achievement is likely to give a much-needed boost to the multi-crore freight corridor proposal pending for a while now.
The Union government,under the administrative control of the Railways Ministry,had set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) in 2006. Its primary job is to undertake planning and development,mobilisation of financial resources and construction,maintenance and operation of the dedicated freight corridors.
The mandate given to DFCCIL is to construct the dedicated corridors across all strategic points in the country in phases. In the first phase,the DFCCIL will construct two corridors the western and eastern DFC covering a total rail length of 3300 kilometres.
Meanwhile,the Railways officials said it had set a new record by achieving 90 per cent punctuality of Mail and Express trains in May,2013,compared to 81per cent in May,2012.
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