The Railways have generated Rs. 27515.90 crore of revenue earnings from commodity-wise freight traffic during April-July 2012 as compared to Rs. 21820.72 crore during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 26.10 per cent. Railways carried 327.02 million tonnes of commodity-wise freight traffic during April-July 2012 as compared to 313.32 million tonnes carried during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 4.37 per cent. The Net Tonne Kilo Metres (NTKM) went up from 206630 million during April-July 2011 to 208489 million during April-July 2012, showing an increase of 0.90 per cent.
Out of the total earnings of Rs. 6487.94 crore from commodity-wise freight traffic during the month of July 2012, Rs. 2702.17 crore came from transportation of 39.36 million tonnes of coal, followed by Rs. 671.39 crore from 9.83 million tonnes of iron ore for exports, steel plants and for other domestic user, Rs. 587.09 crore from 8.18 million tonnes of cement, Rs. 499.83 crore from 3.83 million tonnes of foodgrains, Rs. 413.72 crore from 3.92 million tonnes of petroleum oil and lubricant (POL), Rs. 403.24 crore from 2.95 million tonnes of Pig iron and finished steel from steel plants and other points, Rs. 374.18 crore from 4.09 million tonnes of fertilizers, Rs. 114.86 crore from 1.33 million tonnes of raw material for steel plants except iron ore, Rs. 300.61 crore from 3.34 million tonnes by container service and Rs. 420.85 crore from 5.38 million tonnes of other goods.