With the restrictions imposed due to coronavirus being relaxed and the festival season beginning, the railways has registered an increase of 113 per cent in earnings from passenger segment during the second quarter of 2021-2022 as compared to the first, an RTI query has found.
The railways' earning from the passenger fare had remained in the red during 2020-21 when all its regular services were temporarily suspended for most of the year. So far, the railways has restored 96 per cent of trains which were operational during pre-Covid times.
Currently, the railways is running special trains, and regular services are yet to be operationalised.
In a reply to an RTI query from Madhya Pradesh-based Chandra Shekhar Gaur, the railways has said that its earnings in the first quarter from passenger fare was Rs 4,921.11 crore, while in Q2, the earnings climbed to Rs 10,513.07 crore.