• Induction of open and covered wagons of new design which have better pay-to-tare ratio and higher carrying capacity per rake.
• Upgradation of existing types of wagons to increase carrying capacity.
• Introduction of longer freight trains on trial basis to improve throughput.
Strategy adopted include rationalization of freight structure, levy of demand management charges like busy season charge, congestion charge for traffic, dynamic pricing policy for export iron ore and freight incentive schemes etc.
Revenue earned from freight services for the year 2007-08 was Rs. 47434.90 crore; in 2008-09 it was Rs. 53433 crore; in 2009-10 it was Rs.58501.68 crore and during 2010-11 (upto January 2011 approx.) it was Rs. 50494.43.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri Bharatsinh Solanki in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.