Hubballi division of South Western Railway (SWR) has achieved a Freight Loading of 3.45 Million Tonnes in March 2021 which is the Highest monthly loading in the last 4 years. It has loaded 2286 wagons on 31st March 2021 which is the highest ever single-day loading over the Hubballi division.
Hubballi division has achieved a Freight Loading of 29.949 Million Tonnes during the Financial Year 2020-21, which is 9.3% greater than the last year loading of 27.3 Million Tonnes. Freight loading of Financial Year 2021 has surpassed the target of 29.4 Million tonnes by 1.8%.
Freight revenue of Hubballi division in Financial Year 2021 is approximately Rs. 2680 crores which is 2.3% higher than the previous year’s revenue of Rs. 2618 crores. The Division continues to register impressive figures in freight loading suggesting steady economic recovery.
The Division has successfully captured new streams of traffic like Met Coke, Bauxite, Pet Coke, and Fly Ash. For the first time, in February 2021, 1326 Tonnes of Rice were loaded from Gangavathi to Azara near Guwahati making Gangavathi a new loading station on Railway Map.
Hubballi division loading has seen a significant improvement in commodities like Iron Ore, Fertilizer, Maize, and Steel. The iron ore loaded during the Financial Year 2020-21 is 7.42 Million tonnes which is 16.95% more in comparison to the last financial year. The division has transported 0.063 Million tonnes of Manganese ore registering an increase of 31.11%. The Division has transported 0.437 Million Tonnes of Maize with an increase of 666.40% over the last financial year. It includes the export of 2477 Tonnes of Maize from Bagalkot and 2484 Tonnes of Maize from Vijayapura to Darshana in Bangladesh.
The Cement freight carried is 47% more than the last year. The Sugar loading has also picked up by 44% more than the last year. The Fertilizer loading is 90.67 % more and Steel Loading is 1.19 % more than the last financial year.
Arvind Malkhede, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) said ‘Hubballi Division is committed to provide good services to its customers. The Business Development Unit has captured new markets and increased the Loading of existing commodities despite challenges posed by Covid19.