During April-November 2012, Indian Railways carried 647.1 MMT of revenue-earning freight traffic -an increase of 4.7 per cent compared to 618.05 MMT carried during the corresponding period of the previous year. The moderate growth in freight traffic may be attributed to the overall slowdown in the economy.
The Indian Railways generated revenues of Rs.78, 868.17 crore (US$ 14.66 billion) during April-November 2012-13 as against Rs 66, 150.48 crore (US$ 12.31 billion) during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 19.23 per cent.
While the total goods earnings increased by 24.14 per cent, total passenger revenue earnings shot up by 8.97 per cent. The revenue earnings from other coaching amounted to Rs. 2, 061.30 crore (US$ 383.54 million) during April-November 2012.
The total approximate numbers of passengers booked during 1st April - 30th November 2012 were 5700.57 million compared to 5517.86 million during the same period last year, showing an increase of 3.31 per cent. The cumulative foreign direct investment (FDI) inflow into the railways related components sector stood at US$ 258.26 million from April 2000 to November 2012, according to the statistics released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). The Indian Railways has decided to invest Rs 5 lakh crore (US$ 93.02 billion) in capacity addition during the 12 Five-Year Plan (2012-17).