Indian Railways transported a record freight traffic of 1512 MT in FY 2022-23
Indian Railways (IR) made some stupendous achievements in various categories including freight movement, electrification, laying of new lines/doubling/gauge conversion, loco production as well as integration of technology to ensure safety during the financial year 2022-23.
Given below are the most prominent achievements of Indian Railways (IR) in the financial year 2022-23:
- Freight and Revenue: Indian Railways has transported 1512 MT of freight during FY 2022-23 as compared to 1418 MT in FY 2021-22, thereby registering a significant growth of 6.63% in freight loading. This is the highest ever freight traffic carried by Indian Railways in a single financial year. Indian Railways has achieved a revenue of Rs 2.44 lakh crore during the financial year 2022-23 as compared to Rs 1.91 lakh crore in 2021-22, which shows a growth of 27.75%. Adopting the mantra of 'Hungry for Cargo', Indian Railways has made continuous efforts to improve the 'Ease of Doing Business' as well as service availability at competitive rates, resulting in both conventional and non-conventional commodity Railways are getting new business. Very effective policy making coupled with customer centric approach and activities of business development units have helped Railways in achieving this historic milestone.
- Record Electrification: Indian Railways is making rapid progress to meet the 'Mission 100% Electrification' and has become the largest green railway network in the world. A record electrification of 6,542 RKM has been done during 2022-23 in the history of Indian Railways. The previous record electrification was done during 2021-22 of 6,366 RKM, thereby registering a growth of 2.76%.
- In case of new lines (laying of new lines/doubling/gauge conversion), 5243 kms have been achieved during 2022-23 as against 2909 kms in 2021-22. Thus, on an average, 14.4 km of track is laid every day. It is also the highest commissioning ever.
- Automatic Signalling: 'Automatic Block Signalling' is a cost effective solution to increase line capacity to handle more trains on existing high density or traffic routes of Indian Railways. Indian Railways has upgraded 530 kms through automatic signaling during 2022-23 as compared to 218 kms in 2021-22, registering an increase of 143.12%. These are also the best figures achieved in Automatic Signaling in the history of Indian Railways.
- Digitally Interlocked Stations (Electronic Interlocking): A large number of digitally interlocked stations have been built, from old lever frames to computer based operating systems. To take advantage of digital technologies in train operations and to enhance safety, electronic interlocking is being adopted on a large scale.
- Electronic interlocking has been provided at 538 stations during 2022-23 as compared to 421 stations in 2021-22, showing an increase of 27.79%.Flyovers/Underpasses: 1065 flyovers/underpasses have been made available during 2022-23 registering an increase of 7.14% as compared to 994 flyovers/underpasses in 2021-22 to facilitate the public to cross the tracks on the roads.
- FOBs: 375 FOBs have been constructed during 2022-23 as against 373 FOBs in 2021-22 to facilitate the crossing of commuters/pedestrians.
- Level crossing gates removed: Safety of people at level crossings (level crossing or LC gates) has been a major concern. 880 level crossing gates to be removed during 2022-23 as against 867 level crossing gates in 2021-22.
- Gati Shakti Freight Terminal: Indian Railways is giving priority to the development of 'Gati Shakti Freight Terminals' to increase its modal share in freight traffic. 30 freight terminals to be built during 2022-23 as against 21 freight terminals in 2021-22.
- Lifts/Escalators: Under the 'Accessible India Campaign', Indian Railways is installing lifts and escalators at railway stations across the country to make movement on rail platforms accessible to physically challenged persons, old people and children. 215 lifts and 184 escalators have been installed during 2022-23 as against 208 lifts and 182 escalators in 2021-22.
- Highest ever scrap sale: Indian Railways makes every effort to make optimum use of resources by mobilizing scrap material and selling it through e-auction. Scrap sale during 2022-23 is Rs.5736 crore as compared to Rs.5316 crore in 2021-22, showing a growth of 7.90%.
- Yard remodeling was done in 414 stations during 2022-23 in Indian Railways.
News Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB, New Delhi)