Bhubaneswar: East Coast Railways (ECoR) is set to achieve the freight loading target for 2021-22.

The ECoR Zone additional general manager Sudhir Kumar, while delivering his Republic Day address, here on Wednesday, said, the team is fully geared up to achieve the target of 229.90 million tonnes (MT) by the closing of the fiscal year

Sudhir Kumar said, “With the exemplary dedication of Railwaymen, team ECoR continues to be the Highest Freight Loading zone amongst all zones on IR.”

He said in the current Financial Year, ECoR is the first zone in Indian Railways to cross the fastest 150 million tonnes freight loading in 244 days by loading 170.78 million tonnes between April-21 to December-21 which is an increase of 18.37% over the last year corresponding period. .

East Coast Railway observed the 73rd Republic Day at Railway Stadium, Bhubaneswar where Shri Sudhir Kumar, Additional General Manager unfurled the National Flag and exchanged salute in the parade organised by Railway Protection Force (RPF) with Covid protocols.

The AGM said during the pandemic, Railways asserted its will and capacity to continue evolving to a more healthy, enjoyable, productive and comfortable living. Railways also re-adjusted and re-focused its ways of working, living, behaving and engaging to beat the biological challenges in our evolutionary progress, added Shri Kumar. Railways ran freight trains intensively to move medicines, food grains, foodstuff, essential commodities and supported industrial activities across India in addition to our core business of moving bulk commodities like ores, coal, steel etc.

All principal heads of the departments of ECoR, senior officials and staff were present on the occasion. Ashoka Kumar Mishra, deputy general manager, co-ordinated the pprograme.