Indian Railways maintains high momentum in earnings and freight loading in October 2020

Freight figures continue to maintain the high momentum in terms of earnings and loading in the month of October 2020 for Indian Railways.

On mission mode, Indian Railways’ Freight loading for the month of October 2020 crossed last year’s loading and earnings for the same period.

  • In the month of October 2020, Indian Railways loading was 108.16 million tonnes which is 15% higher compare to last year’s loading for the same period (93.75 million tonnes). 
  • In this period Indian Railways earned Rs. 10405.12 Crores from freight loading which is also Rs. 868.90 Cr.(9%) higher compare to last year’s earnings for the same period (Rs. 9536.22 crores).
  • In the month of October 2020 Indian Railways loading was 108.16 million tonnes which includes 46.97 million tonnes of coal, 14.68 million tonnes of iron ore, 5.03 million tonnes of foodgrains, 5.93 million tonnes of fertilizers and 6.62 million tonnes of cement (excluding clinker).
  • It is worth mentioning that a number of concessions/ discounts are also being given in Indian Railways to make Railways Freight movement very attractive.
  • It may be noted that improvements in freight movements will be institutionalized and incorporated in the upcoming zero based time table.
  • Also, to attract new business and incentivise other existing clients, Ministry of Railways has held meetings with top leadership of iron & steel, cement, power, coal, automobiles and logistics service providers.
  • Also, Business Development units at Zonal & Divisional levels and near doubling of freight speed is contributing to sustainable growth momentum inspite of blocked freight services in Punjab.
  • Covid-19 has been used by Indian Railways an opportunity to improve all round efficiencies and performances.

Freight Business Development portal:

Indian Railways has been taking multifarious efforts to boost freight and Parcel traffic, aimed to serve the freight customer, better. For this, the newly launched Freight Business Development (FBD) Portal by Indian Railways will render a one stop solution for freight/Parcel customers.

  • With more than 4000 Freight Terminals served by more than 3,00,000 wagons, hauled by more than 12,500 Locomotives, carrying 1667 types of Commodities, Indian Railways, are the backbone of logistics sector of the country and is certainly the Lifeline of the Nation, carrying more than 1.2 Billion tonnes of freight traffic every year over 68000 km of Rail network.
  • With its very wide network touching almost every nook and corner of the country, Indian Railways plays a crucial role in facilitating a balanced and inclusive socio economic development of the country, carrying almost all commodities including bulk commodities like Coal, Iron ore, Iron & Steel, Food grains, Cement, Petroleum products, Fertilizer, containers and others.
  • During the recent Covid Lockdown, Indian Railways played a crucial role in Freight movement getting essential commodities across long distances and ensuring the availability of food grains and essential items.
  • With more than 4,000 registered customers and with 1300 E-Payment Customers, Indian Railways has emerged as the most friendly mode of land transportation, especially for freight and cargo as Indian Railway with the recently introduced advance parcel booking and Time tabled trains, has ensured the most competitive means for transportation and timely delivery of cargo.

Features of Freight Business Development (FBD) Portal:

  • Center for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has developed a Freight Business Development (FBD) Portal. 
  • The FBD has been specially designed and developed with a Customer First Philosophy and helps in familiarizing new freight customers with Indian Railways Freight Business. 
  • The Portal presents a bouquet of Information o­n IR Freight Business organised in simple and easy access links.
  • The FBD portal also provides enhanced features for existing customers including GIS based Track & Trace and provision to contact Railways with their concerns. 
  • The site  provides a channel to the potential freight customers to reach railway officials and seek their assistance in transporting their goods by railways. 
  • The portal has been designed and developed with myriad features including Information Freight Calculator, GIS based tracking of Consignments, Terminal Dashboard, Details o­n Freight incentive schemes, Own-a-terminal & Own-a-Wagon scheme and process details, and rich FAQs updated regularly, to name a few.

The Freight Business Development Portal can be accessed directly at

The FBD portal can also be reached through “Freight Business” option available under the new ‘Freight Services’ feature added in the top menu bar of http//

Source: PIB-Press Release |  Image Credit (representational): MoR