Palakkad rail division registers dip in freight loading
The Palakkad division of Southern Railways has loaded 6.222 million tonnes (mt) of freight during 2016-17 against 6.484 mt in 2015-16.
The division attributed this dip in freight loading to lesser loading of coal and cement and low demand for fertilizer and gypsum during the period.
Speaking at the 62nd railway week celebrations on Tuesday, Naresh Lalwani, Divisional Railway Manager of Palakkad division, said that the total earnings of the division stood at INR 1042.64 crore during 2016-17 as against INR 1090.08 crore in the previous fiscal.
During 2016-17, passenger earnings of the division increased to INR 650.76 crore (INR 628.14 crore) and the earnings from the transportation of goods came down to INR 311.59 crore (INR 383.75 crore).
He said that the 311 kilometer (km) long Shoranur-Magaluru section has been fully electrified. Of this, the final 82 km stretch between Charvattur and Mangaluru was commissioned recently.
Lalwani said that free wi-fi and fast internet connectivity will be extended to 10 more stations of the division during the current year. They are: Kanhangad, Kannur, Kasaragod, Mangaluru Junction, Palakkad Junction, Payyannur, Shoranur Junction, Thalassery, Tirur and Vadakara.
A press release by the division said that a new railway station building with two platforms was constructed at Jokatte. Jokatte became 95th railway station of Palakkad division.
The 5.6-km-long section between Jokkatte and Panambur (both in Mangaluru taluk) was opened in January, it said.
Tag Keyword: Southern Railways , Freight , Coal & Cement