Commodities that were a contributing factor for this year's performance were raw materials for steel plants, coal, iron, cement, gypsum, to name a few.
According to a Southern Railway press release, coal constituted 57 per cent of the total freight loading for the current year.
"In April-August 2018, out of a total coal loading of 8.48 million tonnes, 54 per cent were reported to have been loaded to power houses through TAQA Neyveli Power Company, Tangedco, Udupi Power Corporation Ltd and ITPCL (IL&FS Energy and Tamil Nadu Power Company)," the release said.
It said 31 rakes of 80,000 tonnes of finished steel was loaded by Jindal Steel Works from Salem plant resulting in the growth of loading of iron and steel. Reports show that 40,000 tonnes was brought to Chennai port for exporting while the rest was sent to the northern parts of India. Jindal Steel Works also loaded 0.27 million tonnes of iron ore. It is 59 per cent growth, compared to 0.17 million tonnes loaded last year.
Southern Railway also witnessed new streams of freight traffic. At Irumbanam, BPCL produced 0.43 million tonnes of petroleum coke. Likewise, Dalmia Cements, for the first time, moved 10 container rakes of cement from Ariyalur plant to Thoothukudi to export through Concor.
All these freight loading has made Southern Railway see a good hike in goods traffic. The statement further added that during April-August 2018, of the total gypsum loading of 0.2 million tonnes, seven rakes of 28,000 tonnes were loaded from the new siding at Kamarajar Port in Ennore, for the first time since the siding was opened during May 2017.