New Delhi, May 3 (UNI) In keeping with the budgetary initiative to invite private players to run container trains, the first private container train was flagged off today from the new rail siding of Gateway Distripark Ltd developed Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Garhi Harsaru near Gurgaon, Haryana, to Mundra Port, Gujarat.
High Commissioner of Singapore See Chak Mun, Northern Railway Divisional Railway Manager Pradeep Kumar, and Additional Divisional Railway Manager V K Govil were present at the occasion, a statement said here.
Container Corporation of India Managing Director Rakesh Mehrotra and Deputy Commissioner of Customs Krishna A Mishra were also present.
Developed and managed by Gateway Distripark on deposit terms, the ICD at Garhi Harsaru had been provided with a rail siding, which had been interlocked with Garhi Harsaru station by Northern Railway.
With the budgetary decision for running private container trains, this rail siding became operational from today.
The ICD complied with the unique requirements of container movement and had provision for several facilities for bonded/export warehousing space with special lock and key facilities for perishable/sensitive cargo.
It also had special reefer containers and space for storing/handling cargo handling equipment besides power back up facility besides adminstrrative facilities. besides, banking facility and floors for Customs Department for clearances.
The ICD at Garhi Harsaru would cater to the hinterland of Northern India including Delhi, Haryana and parts of Rajasthan to the major gateway ports of India including Jawahar Lal Nehru Port, Navi Mumbai, Pipavav and Mundra ports in Gujarat on the Delhi-Mumbai corridor, thus providing the North-West link for cargo movement.
The earnings from this depot for the first six months were estimated about Rs three crore per month, and were expected to register Rs six crore per month thereafter.
The annual budget for the year 2006-07 envisaged provision of enhanced logistics interface through rail-linked container depots and integrated logistics park and bring out strategic solutions in cargo movement and in EXIM trade through running private container trains.
With the greater thrust on operational efficiency by improving the wagon turn-round and for enhanced profitability/resource generation, Indian Railways had been broadening its area of operations through private-public partnerships as necessary, the statement added.
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