statesman news service
KOLKATA, 19 JUNE: Indian Railways has registered an 8.66 per cent increase in freight revenues during the first two month of this financial year. "The Railways has generated Rs 15,324.25 crore of revenue earnings from commodity-wise freight traffic during April-May 2013 as compared to Rs 14,102.45 crore during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 8.66 per cent," an official statement said. 
It also reported an increase of 4.54 per cent in freight traffic during the period under review.
"The Railways carried 171.84 million tons of commodity-wise freight traffic during the period under review as compared to 164.38 million tons carried during the same period last year, registering an increase of 4.54 per cent," the statement said.
Out of the total earnings during the first two months, the freight revenues during the month of May stood at Rs 7,859.22 crore. 
The Railways carried 43.79 million tons of coal during the last month, generating Rs 3,460.63 crore of revenues, the statement said.
Besides, it earned Rs 680.29 crore from transportation of 10.54 million tons of iron ore for exports, steel plants and for other domestic user during the month under review.
The Railways carried 8.75 million tons of cement, generating a revenue of Rs 761.79 crore and Rs 770.75 crore came from 5.18 million tons of foodgrain that it carried during the month, the statement said.