Shri Arun Arora , DRM/DLI, Shri Anil K Gupta, CMD/CONCOR, Shri A.K.Puthia, GM/Northern Railway , Shri Sanjiv Garg, COM/NR , Shri Anil Handa, CME/NR, As a significant step in the direction of compliance of budget announcements made by the Hon’ble Minister for Railways Shri.Suresh Prabhu, in this year’s Railway Budget, the inaugural time table container train is being flagged off on 15th June 2016.
The train will start from the Domestic Container Terminal ( Okhla) in Delhi and run to the ICD, Whitefield in Bangalore.Following the budget announcement, discussions were held with container train operators for submittin proposals for introduction of time‐tabled container trains with the objective of attracting incremental volumes of container traffic to rail mode. Accordingly, two pairs of time‐tabled container trains have been proposed by CONCOR to start with, for running in the domestic sector between Delhi and Bangalore and Delhi and Chennai. A wide range of domestic piecemeal traffic is targeted for movement between these two origin‐ destination pairs. Notable among these are steel tubes, food grains, ceramic tiles, polished granite slabs, rubber latex, plywood boards, alloys, electronic goods, chemicals, cars and automobile spares. Concor estimates the volume of containerized traffic in this sector to improve by 25–30 per cent with the
introduction of assured transit times. Apart from price advantage and assured transit time of 70 hours in the above two origin‐destination streams, rail transportation is going to be hugely advantageous being environment friendly.