Jayaraj Manepalli

Main increase has been in terms of originating freight earnings, says officialThe division is also considering income from non-conventional sources

GUNTUR: The cumulative gross earnings of the Guntur division of the South Central Railway has touched Rs.198.67 crores during 2005-06, witnessing a growth of 28 per cent over previous fiscal, said Senior Divisional Commercial Manager T. Venkateshwarlu.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Tuesday, he said that the main increase had been in terms of originating freight earnings which was Rs.137.98 crores, 41.49 per cent more than the corresponding period of 2004-05.

In terms of passenger earnings, the growth was 2.68 per cent recording Rs.55.41 crores, while the earnings from parcels was Rs.1.57 crores, an increase of 24.32 per cent. The division had recorded an all-time high loading of 2.94 lakh tonnes in January 2006.

There was an increase in the loading of miscellaneous commodities (other than food grains) by 113 per cent over the previous year. The total loading of the commodities was 4.70 lakh metric tonnes, he said.

New customers

Due to the vigorous marketing efforts and close monitoring, the division was able to bring in new freight customers to the Railways. Quartz stone, cement from new customers like KCP Cements at Macherla, Penna and Deccan Cements were brought in. Loading of timber waste, which was done in Markapur earlier, was also started from Narsaraopet, Mr. Venkateshwarlu said. There was a steep increase in the earnings by the ticket checking wing of the department. It was Rs.1.5 crores, showing an increase of 44.75 per cent.

The division was also looking at improving its revenue from non-conventional sources of income by awarding vacant space available at level-crossing gates, and other prominent locations in the railway premises, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) at railway stations on contract. Two computerized reservation counters were set up at Amaravathi during Kalachakra ceremony in January 2006.