Growth in passenger traffic of Indian Railways

6 Apr 2017

Indian Railways during 2016-17 carried record number of passengers surpassing the previous year’s figure of passenger traffic. This has been possible by running special trains, optimum augmentation of existing mail/express trains, adopting dynamic fare pricing, running of new trains, providing new stoppages etc. details of which are enumerated below:-
*8221 Million Passenger travelled as against 8151 Million passengers in 2015-16.
*Passengers booked about 70 million more than last year.
*Passenger earnings estimated at Rs 2,000 crore more than last year.
*The total earnings are estimated to be around Rs. 47, 400 crore.  This is the highest ever passenger earnings.
*1st time in recent year negative growth has been seized and increase in the number of passenger and Earning started.
*New Services: IR implemented, 87 new services, 51 extensions of trains and 5 increase in frequency. This includes 4 Humsafar express trains 2 Antyodaya trains, 10 DEMU and 5 MEMU trains.
*Augmentation: IR attached 586 coaches in regular trains, generating an additional capacity of 43,420 berths.
*Special trains: About 31,438 trips special trains run.
*Stoppages: 293 stoppages provided.
*Speeding up of trains: 350 trains speeded up.  104 trains converted to superfast express trains.
*New rakes: 34 pairs of trains replaced with LHB rakes by utilizing 42 LHB rakes.
*Ticket checking cases- 9.75 lakh more than last year which is 6% higher over last year.
*Ticket checking earning 58 Cr more than last year.  Total earning from ticketing checking is estimated to be Rs.950 crore.  This is the highest ever. (EOIC)