Monday, July 13, 2009

Freight Tonnage Up on Indian Rail

Quarterly Figures Up 5 Percent from Last Year
Shipping News Feature

NEW DEHLI - Indian Railways carried 213 million tonnes of freight during April-June 2009, according to the country’s Ministry of Railways.

Figures released today show that the state-owned industry experienced an increase of nearly five percent over traffic in the same period last year, when some 203 million tonnes were carried. During the month of June alone freight traffic carried was over 71.5 million tonnes, an increase of 6.26 million tonnes (almost 10 percent) from June 2008.

Indian Railways has one of the largest rail networks in the world, with some 6,909 stations over a total route length of more than 39,350 miles. It transports over 18 million passengers and more than 2 million tonnes of freight on average daily. It is also the world's largest commercial employer, with some 1.4 million workers.