The Indian Railways carried 215.86 million tonnes coal from April to August, down marginally by 0.3% from the same period in 2016, showed the latest data released by the Directorate of Statistics and Economics.
Among the total quantity transported by Indian Railways, 179.89 million tonnes comprised domestic coal, down 0.6% on the year, while 35.97 million tonnes was imported, up almost 1% from the year-ago period.
According to the data, domestic coal to thermal power plants fell 32% to 89.56 million tonnes during the period while imported coal delivered was 6.95 million tonnes, up 69% year on year.
Coal accounts for around 50% of the overall freight traffic of Indian Railways.
During the reported period, domestic coal supply to steel plants declined 6% year on year to 6.71 million tonnes, while imported coal volumes increased 23% to 15.82 million tonnes.
Domestic coal deliveries to other consumers jumping 107% to 83.50 million tonnes while imported coal deliveries fell 29% on the year to 13.20 million tonnes, showed the data.
In August, the railways carried 42.07 million tonnes of coal, up 6% from the same month a year ago.
(Writing by Becky Du Editing by Harry Huo)
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