The national lockdown has a huge impact on the Indian Railways’ business in April, where it has registered a 36 per cent drop in year-on-year cargo loading. The total goods earnings of Indian Railways, at Rs 1,865 crore, were down 41 per cent, against the same time last year on account of the unprecedented pandemic. During the first 10 days, the zone that saw the sharpest growth as compared to the same time last year was the Northern Zone – from which foodgrains were lifted for public distribution system – and the North Eastern zone. All other zones loaded lesser cargo against last year.