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History will remember Railways for its contribution in the fight against Covid: Piyush Goyal to the officers | India News


NEW DELHI: Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday that history will remember the national carrier for its contribution to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a review meeting held with senior officials from the zonal railways, Goyal praised the staff not only for maintaining supply chains, but also for ensuring that the national carrier surpassed the achievements of the past.
“History will remember Indian Railways for its immense contribution to the fight against Covid. While maintaining national supply chains, it has ensured that the wheels of progress continue to move at a rapid pace, ”he said in a ministry statement.
Goyal, who was reviewing the operational performance of the zones and divisions with top rail officials, said that over the past 14 months, the railroads have shown great moral strength and ability to rise to the occasion.
He directed officials to ensure full utilization of the record Capex allocation made to the ministry during the Budget and that completing the infrastructure works would also create employment, especially in tough Covid times.
Goyal also said that the ‘Oxygen Express’ trains have served the nation in an “extraordinary way” and were a “game changer” in the fight against Covid, while underlining that the national carrier’s response speed and quality of the service have been appreciated by all.
So far, Oxygen Expresses has delivered more than 17,945 tons of liquid medical oxygen to 15 states since it began operating a month ago, while 272 Oxygen Express trains with 1,080 tanker trucks have completed their journey so far.
The minister congratulated rail officials for showing extraordinary resilience and ensuring that Indian Railways achieved double-digit growth in freight traffic. “The railroads have seen a more than 10 percent increase in freight load (between April 1 and May 25, fiscal year 2021-22) compared to the normal year of 2019-20. In fiscal year 2021-22, Indian Railways total cargo is 203.88 million tons (MT), which is 10% more than fiscal year 2019-20 cargo figures (184.88 MT) for the same period, “the statement said.
He also said that in the month of May 2021, the Indian Railways cargo is 92.29 MT, which is 10% more than in May 2019 (83.84 MT) and 43% more than in May 2020. (64.61 MT) for the same period.
In May 2021, Indian Railways earned Rs 9278.95 crore for freight loading.
Railways do not operate regular train services and leave the tracks open for more cargo movement compared to pre-Covid times.
The minister congratulated the officials of the business development units for working in mission mode to boost freight traffic.
In addition, he ordered that more efforts be made to develop infrastructure such as good sheds, terminals, last-mile electrification to sheds, mechanization of loading and unloading, etc. to make things more efficient and easy for all operators.

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