Passenger Traffic

Total distance travelled (bpkm - billion passenger km) Percentage shares
Year Road Rail Air Total Road Rail Air
1950-51 23.0 66.5 NA 89.5 25.7 74.3 NA
1960-61 80.9 77.7 NA 158.6 51 49 NA
1970-71 210.0 118.1 NA 328.1 64 36 NA
1980-81 541.8 208.6 NA 750.4 72.2 27.8 NA
1990-91 767.7 295.6 NA 1063.3 72.2 27.8 NA
1999-2000 1831.6 430.7 11 2273.7 80.6 18.9 0.5
2000-01 2075.5 457.0 12 2544.8 81.5 18 0.5
2001-02 2413.1 490.9 12 2915.6 82.8 16.8 0.4
2002-03 2814.7 515.0 13 3342.5 84.2 15.4 0.4
2003-04 3070.2 541.2 15 3636.0 84.7 14.9 0.4
2004-05 3469.3 515.7 18 4003.0 86.7 12.9 0.4

Freight Traffic

Total freight transported (btkm - billion tonne km) Percentage shares
Year Road Rail Air Water Total Road Rail Air Water
1950-51 6.0 37.6 NA NA 43.6 13.8 86.2 NA NA
1960-61 14.0 72.3 NA NA 86.3 16.2 83.8 NA NA
1970-71 47.7 110.7 NA NA 158.4 30.1 69.9 NA NA
1980-81 90.9 147.7 NA NA 238.6 38.1 61.9 NA NA
1990-91 145.1 235.8 NA NA 380.9 38.1 61.9 NA NA
1999-2000 467.0 305.2 0.1 NA 772.3 60.5 39.5 0.018 NA
2000-01 494.0 312.4 0.1 1.5 808.0 61.1 38.7 0.018 0.2
2001-02 515.0 333.2 0.2 1.7 850.1 60.6 39.2 0.019 0.2
2002-03 545.0 353.2 0.2 1.7 900.1 60.5 39.2 0.018 0.2
2003-04 595.0 381.2 0.2 1.8 978.2 60.8 39.0 0.020 0.2
2004-05 646.0 407.4 0.2 2.1 1055.7 61.2 38.6 0.022 0.2

Relative Use of Rail and Road Traffic

  Freight Traffic Passenger Traffic
Year Freight Rail % Freight Road % Total Freight Traffic
(billion tonne-km)
Passenger Rail % Passenger Road % Total Passenger Traffic
(billion passenger-km)
1970-71 65.5 34.5 194.4 32.9 67.1 359.1
1973-74 61.5 38.5 199.1 31.6 68.4 427.6
1976-77 62.3 37.7 251.5 29.7 70.3 549.3
1979-80 54.6 45.4 285.8 27.9 72.1 710.4
1982-83 48.6 51.4 365.9 23.7 76.3 955.9
1985-86 48.7 51.3 422.7 22.2 77.8 1079.2
1988-89 48.0 52.0 505.0 23.0 77.0 1169.0
1999-2000 39.5 60.5 772.2 19.0 81.0 2262.3
2000-01 38.4 61.6 814.4 18.0 82.0 2532.5
2001-02 39.5 60.5 844.2 16.6 83.4 2963.8
2002-03 39.6 60.4 942.2 15.6 84.4 3299.5
2003-04 38.9 61.1 981.2 14.7 85.3 3676.6
2004-05 39.9 60.1 1020.4 13.3 86.7 3881.6


Data is taken from publications of the Ministry of Railways and the Tata Energy Research Institute. Selected by Krishnan Sankara.
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