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Guntur railway division nets profit

Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: The Guntur Railway Division of South Central Railway has earned Rs.272.51 crores during the 2007-08 financial year with an increase of 5.34 per cent over previous year’s Rs.258.71 crores, and it expects to surpass this growth percentage for the current financial year.

Guntur Divisional Railway Manager M. Akhtar told reporters that gross earnings had increased by 154 per cent since its inception in 2003, and in the last financial year’s earnings, the freight earnings constituted 75 per cent accounting for Rs.204.91 crores. The passenger earnings totalled Rs.59.25 crores.

Non-availability of empty rakes had been the greatest impediment in improving the quantum of goods traffic handled on the division and to overcome that a goods train with 117 bogies was run on an experimental basis from Nallapadu in Guntur to Hubli creating a record for running longest train non-stop in India. The Railway Board was studying the outcome of the experiment, before giving a go-ahead for running such trains regularly.

Cement, foodgrains and timber were the main out-bound goods traffic, but total traffic loaded came down from 2.95 tonnes to 1.4 lakh tonnes.

The punctuality improved from 96.2 per cent to 98.2 per cent for mail and express trains on the division, Mr. Akhtar pointed out. The division carried 20.54 million passengers during the year, but none of them was either injured of killed. Only three road-users were killed at unmanned level crossing in accidents involving trains.

Passenger amenities

The division had spent Rs.12 crores for improving passenger amenities creating 17 new high-level platforms, completing shelters on platforms, installing three bank ATMs, installing coach indication systems and creating circulating areas at Guntur, Narsaraopet, Nalgonda and Nadikude.

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