The press release of Railway ministry issued today that – The Railways have generated Rs. 49209.21 crore of revenue earnings from commodity-wise freight traffic during April-December 2011 as compared to Rs. 44789.41 crore during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 4.59 per cent. Railways carried 704.81 million tonnes of commodity-wise freight traffic during April-December 2011 as compared to 673.31 million tonnes carried during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 4.68 per cent. The Net Tonne Kilo Metres (NTKM) went up from 444515 million during April-December 2010 to 466968 million during April-December 2011, showing an increase of 4.68 per cent.
Out of the total earnings of Rs. 6102.45 crore from commodity-wise freight traffic during the month of December 2011, Rs. 2548.54 crore came from transportation of 41.01 million tonnes of coal, followed by Rs. 543.64 crore from 8.94 million tonnes of iron ore for exports, steel plants and for other domestic user, Rs. 562.73 crore from 9.37 million tonnes of cement, Rs. 403.71 crore from 3.94 million tonnes of foodgrains, Rs. 328.89 crore from 3.52 million tonnes of petroleum oil and lubricant (POL), Rs. 369.32 crore from 3.10 million tonnes of Pig iron and finished steel from steel plants and other points, Rs. 484.77 crore from 5.61 million tonnes of fertilizers, Rs. 100.41 crore from 1.12 million tonnes of raw material for steel plants except iron ore, Rs. 303.64 crore from 3.46 million tonnes by container service and Rs. 456.80 crore from 6.74 million tonnes of other goods.