Bhubaneswar: East Coast Railway has carried 45.80 million tonnes of freight in 12,860 trains during the nationwide lockdown time between 22nd March to 30th June, 2020.

 During the 101 days lock down period,East Coast Railway carried 27.06 million tonnes of coal in 7100 trains from its jurisdiction. Out of this, 16.14 million tonnes of indigenous coal from Talcher area in 4157 trains and 10.92 million tonnes of imported coal from different ports under ECoR jurisdiction were transported to various power houses and industries across the country.

During this period, East Coast Railway carried 0.95 million tonnes of food grains, especially rice to different States like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Jharkhand by 333 number of trains.

Apart from this, 1.20 million tonnes of fertilizer to States like U.P., Bihar, W. Bengal in 470 trains and  279 trains of petroleum products were transported from ECoR jurisdiction towards various places.

The Odisha headquartered railway zone so crried 1268 trains load of iron ore, 895 trains of iron and steel products, 41 trains of cement to various destinations.

In the first quarter of 2020-21, ECoR loaded about 42 Million Tonnes which is more than 82%, that of the last year in the same period. Amongst all the zones of Indian Railways, ECoR loaded the highest freight traffic during this period. This was achieved in spite of Lockdown during this entire period.