Indian Railway freight operations continued to maintain pace amid COVID-19, with 112.25 million tonnes of loading in February, up 10 per cent from the year-ago period. Last year's frieght loading for the corresponding period was registered at 102.21 million tonnes. According to a statement shared by the Railway Ministry, the freight earnings stood at Rs 11,096.89 crore, up 7.7 per cent over the corresponding month last year. The average speed of the freight trains last month was 46.09 km per hour, which is more than double, compared to the corresponding month last year, when it was at 23.01 km per hour.
According to the Railway Ministry, as of 28 February 2021, the cumulative freight loading was 1102.17 million tonnes for this year which is higher, compared to last year's figure 1102.1 million tonnes, for the corresponding period. Additionally, on February 28, 2021, Indian Railways surpassed last year's cumulative freight loading figure for the corresponding period. Hence, the revenue upto February 28, 2021, was almost eight per cent higher on a month-to-month basis and one per cent higher on a cumulative basis.