Railways see 20.4% growth in coal transport in fiscal year 2021-22

Indian Railways recorded a 20.4% growth in its coal transportation in the 2021-22 financial year compared to the previous financial year, the national carrier announced on Saturday.

Compared to 542 million tonnes in the 2020-21 fiscal year, the railways loaded a record 653 million tonnes of coal in 2021-22, an increase of 111 million tonnes.

In addition, coal loading in the power sector increased by 32% in just two quarters between September 2021 and March 2022, the railways said.

“In April 2022, Indian Railways took numerous steps to prioritize coal loading in the power sector, resulting in an increase in coal supply of more than 10% in one year. week,” a statement from the railways said.

Some of the measures taken include prioritizing and monitoring the movement of trains loaded with coal.

“Coal train movement has been prioritized. Each train is intensively monitored throughout the cycle, from loading to movement and finally unloading,” the national carrier said.

Thanks to this prioritization and monitoring, the transit time of coal-laden trains has been drastically reduced by 12 to 36 percent for critical power plants, he said.

The railways have also focused on the transition time from coal to power plants, which is reflected in the fact that the average advance of coal trains has increased by 7% in the last five days compared to the average advances from April 1-10, he added.

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