Bhubaneswar: The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has set a new record by loading 200.85 million tonnes of freight in 2019-20 as against 191.76 MT in the previous financial year. Thus, it recorded a 4.73% loading growth.
The ECoR has achieved the No. 1 position in freight loading, freight earning and overall earnings in the Indian Railways in 2019-20 FY.
After creation of new zonal railways, the ECoR is the first zone to cross 200 MT loading. In 2001-02, the undivided SER had crossed 200 MT loading.
From the earning side, the ECoR has earned Rs 20,125 crore from freight in 2019-20 financial year as against Rs 18,180 crore carried in 2018-19 with an increase of 11 per cent.
The ECoR achieved this milestone despite damages to railway properties in Cyclone Fani and adverse effects like Maoist activities in major freight loading hubs, landslides and boulder falling on Railway track disrupting train movements, labour strike at different loading hubs. The zone had made the quickest possible restoration of train services while its loss due to cyclone pegged at more than Rs 600 crore.