Guwahati: Due to the suspension of regular passenger trains since the beginning of the nationwide lockdown from end of March, the Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected the revenue generation of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR).
However, the figures of the loss were yet to be assessed by the authorities in the NF Railway.
Announcing this, Sanjive Roy, general manager, NFR, said the overall earning of the NFR had come down due to the suspension of regular passenger train services even as freight movement had increased during the period compared to previous years.
Stating that the Railways were prepared to run more passenger trains, he said that for passenger trains, the state governments had to take a decision on the matter as the “Railways are ready”.
Meanwhile, the NFR has initiated various measures to increase ease-of-doing-business with Railways and as part of Indian Railway’s policy to provide more thrust on freight movement.
The NFR has taken steps to attract new customers and to make transportation through rail easier.
“The increase in freight handling cannot compensate for the loss in the passenger segment,” he said, adding: The figures of the loss were yet to be assessed.
“Altogether 8-9 special trains were being run daily by NFR currently, and though the occupancy was less in the initial days, it has increased to 90-100 per cent now,” he said.
The general manager of the NFR also said that 724 Shramik Special Trains were run by the NFR, transporting seven lakh passengers, while ‘road bridging’ of 4,800 passengers from Guwahati to Jiribam (Manipur) and Agartala (Tripura) was also done due to suspension of train movement at Guwahati.
Elaborating on the increase in freight services during the lockdown period, Roy said that there is an increase of 16.90 per cent in the number of freight trains run in August this year compared to the same month last year.