The state owned CONCOR which has established
good rail connectivity to west coast ports in Gujarat and Maharashtra has
started looking at the East by launching a weekly direct container rail service
connecting Krishnapatnam port with the Inland container depot at Nagpur.
The inaugural train left Krishnapatnam
Port container terminal on May 29th with a full load of MAERSK line
import containers and will be reaching the Nagpur ICD in fifty five hours at
competitive freight rates.
CONCOR has been flayed by the trade in
the east coast ports for not providing adequate connectivity between the east
coast ports and central India. With the result cargo from far eastern countries
and meant for central India and national capital region had to be handled at
west coast ports of JNPT or Mundra, though it meant extra one week of sailing.
While the ports in the west coast
especially Gujarat and Maharashtra are overworked, their counterparts in the
east coast are working fifty per cent of the capacity. The trade has blamed the
CONCOR for providing excellent connectivity between northern and central India
to the west coast port while ignoring the ports in the east coast.The service
is set to offer huge benefits to the EXIM shipments between central India and
trade destinations like China Far East, Australia, Bangladesh and West Africa.