Indian Railways has hit a high in selling scrap in 2020-21 to make Rs. 4,573 crore. This is 5.5% more than in 2019-20 when it made Rs. 4,333 crore. The previous best was Rs. 4,409 crore in 2009-10.
Generation and sales of unserviceable/scrap railway material is an ongoing process and is monitored at the highest level in Zonal Railways and by the Railway Board. Railway administration makes all out efforts to mobilise scrap materials and sell through e-auction. In construction projects, scrap is normally generated in gauge-conversion projects.