The East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Saturday said it registered a magnificent growth rate during the first quarter of the current fiscal by achieving 13.5 per cent jump in loading.

“The ECoR has progressed well in the first three quarters of the current financial year. We have already loaded 108.46 million tonnes, which is 13.5 per cent more than the last year.

“We have carried 65.92 million passengers, registering a passenger earnings of Rs.717.93 crore, which exhibits a growth of 22.73 per cent over the passenger earnings during the corresponding period the previous year,” Rajiv Vishnoi, ECoR General Manager, said in his address on the eve of 65th Republic Day on Saturday.

Mr. Vishnoi said, “Our total earnings up to December 2013 in the current financial year are Rs.8,837.64 crore as compared to Rs.7,487.47 crore the previous year, which shows a growth of 18.03 per cent over the previous year. Our operating ratio stands at 50.32 per cent, which is one of the best among all the zonal Railways.” Maintaining that service to passengers remained prime focus of the ECoR, he said, “We have taken special measures to take care of the needs of passengers. Out of the nine new trains announced in the budget, eight trains have already been introduced and the Puri-Darbhanga weekly express has been extended to Jaynagar and the frequency of two trains has also been increased.”

The ECoR official said that to sustain the efforts of railway safety, closure of 26 level-crossings had been effected, 22 unmanned level crossings had been manned, three level crossings had been interlocked, one had been replaced with road over-bridge, and 11 level crossings had been replaced with Limited Height Subways.

Mr Vishnoi wished ECoR employees as well as railway passengers on the occasion of the Republic Day.