Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 15 : The Southern Railway (SR) has achieved 7.37 per cent growth in overall earnings and 8.62 per cent increase in passenger earnings this year compared to the last year, Divisional Railway Manager Shirish Kumar Sinha said here on Thursday.
Hoisting the national flag on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day here, Mr Sinha said, loading of 10.862 MTs of various commodities has been done in the current financial year. In addition to loading of Coal, Cement, Food grains, Fertilizers, Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants and Containers, water was also carried from Jolarpettai to Chennai, he added.
He said 15 new trains were introduced, 13 trains have been extended, 2,321 Special trains were run, 42 coaches were added permanently and 75 stoppages have been provided for various trains during the year 2018-19. In spite of running more trains and undertaking record number of safety related track and bridge works, SR’s punctuality has significantly improved from 77 per cent last year to 82 per cent this year.
To improve the punctuality further, 15 Speed Restrictions were relaxed during 2019-20 up to July and increase of speed has been planned in many sections. He said Southern Railway is targeting 112 Kms of doubling, 127 Kms of Gauge conversion and 18 Kms of New line, a total of 257 KMs of commissioning of track and 239 Kms of Railway Electrification during the current financial year. (UNI)