The revenue of Indian Railways derailed due to Coronavirus epidemic. The operation of trains was suspended from the end of March due to the nationwide lockdown to eliminate the spread of infection. However, Shramik Special trains have been running since May 12. Due to this, the railways is suffering from Rs 8,283 crore in revenue compared to last year. It is believed that by the end of May, the revenue of the railways operating passenger trains can be up to Rs 9,000 crore.

According to officials, the Railways has so far, earned more than Rs 300 crore by running Shramik Special trains. However, they further mentioned the expenditure on food and water bottles. The Ministry of Health has allocated Rs 350 crore to the Indian Railways for coronavirus related expenses.

Indian Railways passenger train services is back on track once again. Railways have increased the operations of passenger trains. 100 pairs of special trains started from June 1.
According to the report, there are signs of a boom in the freight services of Indian Railways amidst efforts to revive the economy during nationwide lockdown. In the current financial year, 148 million tonnes of freight has been transported, which is about 60 MT less than the previous year. Thus, Indian Railways has earned an amount of Rs 13,412 crore, which is Rs 8,283 crore less than the same period last year.

Indian Railways has earned Rs 60.9 crore by transporting 11.9 MT of food grains during the lockdown period. Food grains is the only commodity in Indian Railways freight services, showing a slight increase of 5.83 MT in the comparing to previous year figures. However, keeping in mind that foodgrains are transported at highly discounted rates, the railways have not earned much through freight services during this period.

Indian Railways has suffered the most from the earnings of coal and iron ore, which reduced its income by Rs 5,312 crore. During the lockdown, Indian Railways transported 70 metric tonnes of coal, which was about 35 metric tonnes less than the transportation carried during this period previous year. Along with a reduction in income of about Rs 289 crore, the Indian Railways transported less fertilizer this year than last year. The report said that for the first time in four decades, the railways reported a decrease comparing to last years freight loading figures in the financial year ended on 31 March.