New Delhi: Railways have earned Rs 49,209.21 crores of revenue from freight traffic during April-December 2011 as compared to Rs 44,789.41 crores during the corresponding period in 2010, registering an increase of 4.59 percent.

Railways carried 704.81 million tonnes (MT) of freight during April-December 2011 as compared to 673.31 MT carried during the corresponding period in 2010, registering an increase of 4.68 percent.

Out of the total earnings of Rs 6102.45 crore from freight traffic during the month of December 2011, Rs 2548.54 crore came from transportation of 41.01 MT of coal, followed by Rs 543.64 crore from 8.94 MT of iron ore for exports, steel plants and for other domestic users.

The national transporter earned Rs 562.73 crore from transportation of 9.37 MT of cement, Rs 403.71 crore from 3.94 MT of foodgrains and Rs 328.89 crore from 3.52 MT of petroleum oil and lubricant (POL) in December.

(Agencies)