Operating Ratio of Railways

The Operating Ratio of the Indian Railways was 95.3 per cent in 2009-10, 94.6 per cent in 2010-11 and 94.9 per cent in 2011012. Budget Estimates 2012-13 envisage an operating ratio of 84.9 per cent.

It is continuous endeavour of the Railways to control expenditure and increase revenues. Steps being taken for maximizing the traffic earnings inter-alia include rationalization of fare and freight traffic; effective marketing strategies to capture more and more traffic; creation of additional capacity and optimum utilization of the existing rail infrastructure; improved throughput by steps to increase productivity and efficiency; improvement of passenger interface etc. Railways are making efforts to contain the expenditure through diverse means including strict economy and austerity measures; improved man-power planning; better asset utilization and inventory management, optimizing fuel consumption etc.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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