The East Central Railway (ECR) has earned Rs 3,866 crore in revenues during the April-July period this fiscal, a senior railway official said.
“We have registered a revenue of Rs 3,866 crore in the first four months of the current fiscal as compared with Rs 3,779 crore in the same period last fiscal, marking a 2.29% growth,” ECR General Manager Madhuresh Kumar told reporters after releasing the new railway time-table.
As many as 949 lakh commuters travelled by trains in the ECR zone in the first four months of this fiscal, clocking a revenue of Rs 785 crore, he said, adding the passenger revenue registered a growth by 12.56% against the earning under this head during the same period last fiscal.
The ECR’s passenger revenue will set a new record this fiscal as the peak season was yet to begin, the ECR GM said.
Highlighting the ECR’s growth as a key revenue grosser among 17 zones of the Indian Railways, Kumar said the ECR earned a record revenue of Rs 11,067 crore in the last fiscal, which was 9.8% higher than Rs 10,079 crore in 2012-13.
Similarly, the number of train passengers logged by the ECR in the last fiscal stood at 27.42 crore, earning a revenue of Rs 1,982 crore, which was 21.30% higher as against the figure in 2012-13, Kumar said.
Referring to freight income, he said the ECR transported 35 million tonnes of goods in the first four months of this fiscal, earning a revenue of Rs 3,000 crore for the zone.
In FY2014-15, we have set a target of freight transportation of 113 million tonnes of goods, which will easily eclipse the previous year’s figure of 100 million tonnes, the ECR official added.
The ECR has also set a target to earn a gross income of Rs 12,530 crore in FY 2014-15, Kumar said.