Indian Railways generated Rs29,416.42 crore of revenue earnings from freight traffic during the first eight months (i.e. April-November 2007) of the current financial year 2007-08.
This marks a 10.99 per cent increase from the earnings in the same period in the last financial year's Rs26,502.79 crore
Indian Railways carried 501.38 million tonnes of freight traffic during April-November 2007 as compared to 464.39 million tonnes carried during the corresponding period last year, reflecting an increase of 7.97 per cent.
The net tonne kilo metres (NTKM) went up from 304871 million during the months of April-November 2006 to 321460 million during April-November 2007, with an increase of 5.44 per cent.
The earnings from freight traffic during the month of November 2007 was Rs. 3992.83 crore, compared to Rs. 3607.85 crore during the corresponding period last year showing an increase of 10.67 per cent. Railways carried 65.67 million tonnes of freight traffic during the month of November 2007 as compared to 61.06 million tonnes of freight traffic during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 7.55 per cent.
The net tonne kilo metres (NTKM) went up from 39,670 million during the month of November 2006 to 42093 million during November 2007, showing an increase of 6.11 per cent.
Of the total earnings during the month of November 2007, Rs1,515.15 crore came from transportation of 28.35 million tonnes of coal, followed by Rs629.86 crore from 11.78 million tonnes of iron ore, Rs331.27 crore from 6.49 million tonnes of cement, Rs245.05 crore from 2.89 million tonnes of petroleum oil and lubricant (POL), Rs244.58 crore from 2.51 million tonnes of foodgrains, Rs241.67 crore from 2.16 million tonnes of iron & finished steel, Rs231.11 crore from 3.40 million tonnes of fertilisers, Rs.69.37 crore from 0.91 million tonnes of raw material for steel plants except iron ore and Rs.484.77 crore from 7.18 million tonnes of other goods.