Indian Railways has been adversely affected by the delay in supply of freight wagons by private manufacturers to replace old rolling stock and also create a buffer. There is a backlog of nearly 25,000 wagons to be supplied by private manufacturers, according to a member of the Railway Board, who did not want to be named.
“Private wagon manufacturers are unable to supply the orders that we placed with them in the past. We are now in the process of issuing further orders. We have increased our manufacturing capacity in Indian Railways, which will produce over 4,000 wagons this year,” said the official.
In 2018-19, Indian Railways loaded 1,216 million tonnes (mt) of goods, 55 mt more than the freight loaded in the previous year. Coal and coke contribute nearly 60 per cent of freight traffic, followed by cement and foodgrains. Read More
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