The South-Central Indian Railway has registered a decline in its freight loading in the first three quarters of this fiscal year.Heavy rains disrupted train movement and coal production was affected Singareni Collieries for the last two months.
The zone handled 68.5 million tonnes of freight so far this year, down 1.5 million tonnes, compared to the corresponding period of the last fiscal year. Movements of both coal and cement, which form a major part of the freight traffic, have been slow. A company representative was
optimistic that the zone will manage to reach the set target of 110 million tonnes for the year.
Freight earnings were also flat at Rs 4,670 crore so far this year, he added.