The Railways have generated Rs. 36465.59 crore of revenue earnings from commodity-wise freight traffic during 1st April to 31st August 2013 as compared to Rs. 33841.63 crore during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 7.75 per cent. Railways carried 426.14 million tonnes of commodity-wise freight traffic during April-August 2013 as compared to 405.42 million tonnes carried during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 5.11 per cent.
Out of the total earnings of Rs. 6775.43 crore from commodity-wise freight traffic during the month of August 2013, Rs. 2828.56 crore came from transportation of 39.29 million tonnes of coal, followed by Rs. 674.48 crore from 9.80 million tonnes of iron ore for exports, steel plants and for other domestic user, Rs. 565.32 crore from 7.91 million tonnes of cement, Rs. 541.41 crore from 4.33 million tonnes of foodgrains, Rs. 396.77 crore from 3.41 million tonnes of petroleum oil and lubricant (POL), Rs. 419.62 crore from 3.12 million tonnes of Pig iron and finished steel from steel plants and other points, Rs. 458.81 crore from 4.93 million tonnes of fertilizers, Rs. 116.31 crore from 1.50 million tonnes of raw material for steel plants except iron ore, Rs. 375.61 crore from 3.69 million tonnes by container service and Rs. 398.54 crore from 5.16 million tonnes of other goods.