Bhubaneswar: The East Coast Railway (ECoR) will receive the most prestigious Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant Best Zonal Railway Shield-2020 for all-round performance among all the zones in the Indian Railways. This is for the third time the East Coast Railway will receive this shield. Earlier, the ECoR had bagged this shield for All Round Performance in 2008-09 and 2015-16.
The shield was instituted in the memory of Late Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant, the freedom fighter and former Union Minister. Every year, the Zonal Railway, whose performance is adjudged to be the best amongst all Zonal Railways, receives the shield.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will handover the shield to the East Coast Railway during Railway National Award Function.
This award is based on the criteria of selection on the basis of loading of revenue and earnings, goods traffic, punctuality of trains, passenger traffic, consequential train accidents per million train KMs, capacity utilisation of repair workshop out-turn, coach performance, energy consumption, utilisation of motive power and railway stock, operating ratio, economy in manpower, working of signal/telecom equipments, progress of track renewal, stock utilisation, performance of track machine, ticket checking, timely completion of major works, earnings and scrap disposal etc.
ECoR loaded 200.85 million tonnes freight in 2019-2020 financial year, which was an increase of 4.73 percent over last financial year.
Apart from this, ECoR will also receive Traffic Transportation Shield, Accounts and Financial Management Shield and Sales Management Shield during the Railway National Award Ceremony.