South Western Railway has registered an increase of 7.45 per cent in the earnings from passenger traffic in the first nine months of the current financial year.

Delivering the keynote address during the 63rd Republic Day celebrations organised by the South Western Railway at Railway Sports Grounds in Hubli on Thursday, General Manager of the zone A.K. Mital said that the number of passengers carried by the zone had gone up from 128.96 million to 139.43 million, registering an increase of 8.12 per cent. As a result, the originating passenger earnings of zone had increased approximately by 7.45 per cent and had gone up from Rs. 783.30 crore to Rs. 841.65 crore.

Freight earnings

“However mainly because of the ban on iron ore exports, the zone had not fared well in terms of freight earnings. SWR could carry only 23.8 million tonnes of freight during the first nine months of the current fiscal against 25.6 million tonnes carried during the previous year. As a result, the originating freight earnings up to December 2011 is approximately Rs. 1,658.82 crore, which is 21.59 per cent less than the previous year earnings during the same period,” Mr. Mital said.

He elaborated the initiatives taken by the zone to improve the passenger amenities.

Mr Mital said that a special thrust was being given to improve infrastructure and line capacity on various sections of SWR. “During the current fiscal, 18 km of new line, 61 km of Gauge Conversion and 31 km of doubling are targeted for completion. Work on 18 km of new line between Sakrayapatna and Kanivehalli has been completed. Gauge conversion of Shimoga-Talguppa has been completed with the commissioning of 40 km stretch between Anandapuram-Talguppa section. The double line of 22 km between Arsikere and Devanur has also been commissioned” he explained.

On the occasion, Mr. Mital also released a half yearly issue of Rajbhasha magazine Abhivyakti .

The children of Railway Primary School and SWRWWO's English Medium High School, presented various cultural programmes.

  • Passenger earnings of SWR's Hubli zone increases by 7.45 per cent in nine months

  • The zone registers an increase in passenger traffic by 8.12 per cent