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Distribution of Indian Railways revenue FY 2020 by segment

Rail freight accounted for the highest share of the total railways revenue across India with approximately 64 percent in financial year 2020. That year, around 1.2 billion metric tons of freight was carried by the Indian Railways. Coal was the major commodity being carried across the country.

Railway industry in India

The railway network in India was among the largest in the world. The system is ideal for long distance travel and transportation of bulk commodities. Train journeys are also popular for their constant supply of food and snacks. Indian Railways had over 22 thousand trains in operation that carried around 23 million passengers and around three million metric tons of freight every day.

Rail infrastructure

Being the backbone of long-distance travel domestically, the sector had received considerable investments. As per the Union Budget of fiscal year 2021, the Ministry of Railways was allocated a budget of around 10 billion U.S. dollars. The railway network was estimated to become the third largest in the world over the next five years.

Distribution of Indian Railways revenue in financial year 2020, by segment*

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

FY 2020

Supplementary notes

*Values up to January 2020.

Other coaching includes service coaches such as pantry cars, parcel vans, mail vans.

Note: India's financial year begins in April and ends in March. For example, FY 2016 started in April 2015 and ended in March 2016.

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