For the first time not only the earnings from freight at Nashik Road Railway Station crossed Rs 1 crore-mark, but the earnings have shot up by around 17 times (1,660%) from Rs 30 lakh in 2016-17 to Rs 5.29 crore in the financial year closing March 31, 2018.
“The business by Nashik Road Railway station in freight movement has recorded a phenomenal growth during the recently concluded financial year. We got everything we could to transport goods from Nashik Road Railway station to destinations across the country. The goods also included pickles at times to ensure the rake was full,” Sunil Mishra, senior divisional commercial manager, said.
“The record business growth stands at all-time high for the Railways at Nashik Road. We got business for 725 wagons instead the figures of which were below 100 till now. The transport tonnage stood at 45,981 tonne as against less than 5,000 tonne during the past several years,” he added.
The figures of freight movement and earnings for Bhusawal division are still being calculated.
“We got business from Shahapur (Thane), Satana and Sinnar (Nashik), Surat (Gujarat). We got agriculture as well as industrial goods and even pickles that enriched the business at Nashik Road Railway station,” Kundan Mahapatra, official from the commercial department at Nashik Road railway station, said.
The officials scouted industrial areas to get the finished goods which give better income. The officials met the cloth dealers in Surat and made them understand the benefits of transportation by railways using the freight mode instead of parcel mode.
“This way we got the economics right for the consumer who saved tremendously and in return our revenue grew. Goods like biscuits, pickles formed the supplementary stock for the transportation from Nashik Road to destinations in North India – including Assam and West Bengal in the eastern side,” the official added.
The top new businesses that boosted the earnings were from Mahindra and Mahindra that had hired Railways for cars and Jindal Saw Pipes from Sinnar that hired them for the pipes. “We are now moving in the industrial areas and making the industries understand benefits of transportation of goods by rail. We have met the Nashik Industries and Manufacturers Association (NIMA) and reaching new industries to get their goods at the station for transportation by railways,” the official said.
“Our next move is to have rakes at regular intervals twice a week to particular destinations that will ensure industries even with lower quantum to use our transportation services,” he added.