‘Southern Railways’s passenger patronage up by 1.9%’

The passenger patronage of the Southern Railway (SR) has increased by 1.9 per cent this year when compared to last year, its General Manager Vashishta Johri said on Tuesday.
‘Southern Railways’s passenger patronage up by 1.9%’
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Speaking after unfurling the National Flag on the occasion of the 71st Independence Day celebrations here, he said the railways has been aiming at substantial improvement in four foci areas--passenger safety, cleanliness, developmental works and financial performance. He exuded confidence that Southern Railway would accomplished these targets and fulfil its commitments this year too. 
He said, “On the passenger front our continued efforts have yielded results up to July this year (201718) as we had carried 1.9 per cent more passengers than last year with a consequent increase of 4.9 per cent in our apportioned passenger earnings.”
On the freight side, Johri said, “The SR’s apportioned earnings were nearly at the same level as last year although it loaded about 2.5 MT less than last year, due to changes in pattern in movement of coal rakes and surge in electricity generation through alternative means.”
“With regular follow up and various incentives, we have loaded new traffic of petcoke, Gypsum, copper scrap and imported wood pulp and we expect to achieve our loading target by the end of this year,” he added.

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