Domestic container movement likely from next year

At present, Containers Corporation of India dispatching containers from Pithamapur.

INDORE: The long-cherished demand of exporters of the region was fulfilled when Containers Corporation of India (CONCOR) dispatched a train with containers from Pithampur to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). This direct delivery of containers through rail route would save precious travel time. However, the domestic movement of containers would start in the end of 2017.

Pithmapur, the biggest industrial town of the state established in 1984, also boasts of country’s first and only green field and multi product Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Since 2003, exporters from SEZ and other areas like Indore, Dewas and Ujjain have been demanding facility for direct dispatch of their containers. In the meantime, three Inland Container Depots (ICDs) including one of CONCOR come into existence in Pithampur. But the containers booked from all three ICDs have to travel by road to Ratlam to catch rail service or directly to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai.

In this long, most of time fragile goods got damaged inside containers, causing huge revenue loss to the exporters.

However, after completion of 22-km-long new rail line between Indore and Tehi, CONCOR is ready to dispatch containers from Pithampur only.

Talking to this correspondent, Natarajan, senior General Manager of CONCOR, said that in the first phase we started dispatching containers, which were booked at CONCOR ICD, from Pithampur to JNPT from October 22.

A train carrying 90 TEUs having export containers was jointly flagged off by D Kishan, a cabin man of Ratlam division and Anil Raikwar from Multimodal Logistics Park of CONCOR, Tihi. The event was witnessed by PS Mishra, Chief Operation Manager (COM) of Western Railway and V Kalyanarama, CMD of CONCOR and other senior railway and CONCOR officials. This service will bring industrial hub of MP close to the ports by providing direct rail connectivity. Ujjain, Dewas and Indore are major beneficiaries along with Pithampur. Shippers will greatly benefit in terms of time and cost. The container train will run via Indore, Fatehabad, Ratlam and then Mumbai, JNPT.

CONCOR Sr. GM Natarajan further said that at present the facility is available thrice a week from Tehi, which will become fully operational from next week. The container train can carry 90 containers. Briefing about the entire planning of CONCOR, which it wants to offer the exports of the region, Natrajan said that under the first phase the direct container train service is being rolled out from Pithampur. In next phase a boundary wall would be built around under construction Multi Model Logistic Park at Tehi where CONCOR will shift its ICD and in the third phase CONCOR would provide facility of to and fro service of containers from Tehi. Under the service rolled out from October 22 containers can only be dispatched from Tehi to the Port, but following completion of the third phase, containers can also be brought from ports to Tehi. However, this one can be done only when three railway lanes could be laid down in Tehi, presently there is only one lane.

Senior officer of CONCOR Natarajan said that we are working on providing facility of domestic movements of containers also. Making it clear he said that under the service containers can be any city within the country. That can be done well before end of next year.

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