TAMIL NADU

Tiruchi railway division's earnings cross Rs.50 crores

Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: Thanks to increase in goods traffic and rise in earnings from the passenger front, the total earnings of the Tiruchi Railway Division in the first four months of this financial year has crossed Rs.50 crores.

The division has registered a 22 per cent increase in its total earnings, which was Rs.55.49 crores between April and July. This was nearly Rs.10 crores higher than that earned during the corresponding period in the previous financial year, when the earnings amounted to Rs.45.3 crores.

A major chunk of the revenue earned by the division till date has come from freight traffic. According to railway sources here, the overall goods traffic handled in the division was 1.049 million tonnes, recording an increase of 0.207 million tonnes. Consequently, there was an increase in the cumulative originating freight earnings from April to July, which was Rs.23.98 crores, nearly 40 per cent higher than that earned during the corresponding period in the previous year. The increase in freight earnings was Rs.6.85 crores.

The sources said the division had surpassed the target set in coal handling, adding that 6.69 lakh tonnes of coal had been handled against the target set at 6.1 lakhs during the first four months of this fiscal.

As for cement, an important commodity being transported to various destinations, the division transported 1.42 lakh tonnes between April and July though the target set was 2 lakh tonnes.

In July alone, 24,436 tonnes of cement had been transported to various destinations from the division, netting a revenue of Rs. 1.13 crores. In the case of food grains too there was an increase in handling, with the division nearly achieving the target set for the first four months. A total of 1.99 lakh tonnes of food grains was handled, though the target set was 2 lakh tonnes.

The sources said more paddy had been loaded between April and July since the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation had begun procuring and moving paddy in the delta areas after the samba harvest. In July alone, 46,011 tonnes of paddy had been loaded in the division.

A total of 4,960 tonnes of sugar was transported from Echangadu to New Guwahati and Karimganj Junction, earning the division Rs.71.93 lakhs.

On the passenger front, the division earned Rs. 27.09 crores, 2.1 per cent higher than that earned during the corresponding period in the previous year.

A good amount of money was also earned from ticket checking. The cumulative earning through ticket checking was Rs.36.1 lakhs during the first four months, registering an increase of Rs.4.28 lakhs.