Despite the Covid-19 challenges, freight figures continue to maintain the high momentum in terms of revenue and loading in the month of June 2021 for Indian Railways (IR). IR’s freight loading in June 2021 stood at 112.65 million tonnes(mt), 11.19 per cent higher as compared to the corresponding period in June 2019 (101.31 mt) and 20.37 per cent higher compared to the corresponding period in June 2020 (93.59 mt).

The important commodities transported during June 2021 include 50.03 mt of coal, 14.53 mt iron ore, 5.53 mt pig iron and finished steel, 5.53 mt food grains, 4.71 mt fertilizers, 3.66 mt mineral oil, 6.59 mt cement (excluding clinker) and 4.28 mt clinker. Meanwhile, IR generated a revenue of Rs. 111.87 billion from freight loading, 26.7 per cent higher compared to the corresponding period in June 2020 (Rs. 88.29 billion) and 4.48 per cent higher compared to the corresponding period in June 2019 (Rs. 107.08 billion).