CONCOR last year, acquired KIOCL’s Railway Siding Infra located at New Mangalore Port Trust
MANGALORE: Container Corporation of India Ltd (CONCOR), an public sector enterprise under of Indian Railways made operational an Inland Container Depot (ICD) – its second in the State of Karnataka – on the New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) premises.
The first one is at Whitefield in Bengaluru. CONCOR has taken the Kudremukh Iron Ore Company’s railway siding with 45,000 sq m land on the NMPT premises on lease, along with another 20,000 sq m of land belonging to NMPT, to have the ICD in Mangaluru.
It has twin objectives – boosting trade through Mangaluru port and offering cost-effective logistical facilities to entrepreneurs in Karnataka.
Mr Anup Dayanand Sadhu, Group General Manager, CONCOR/Bangalore, said that the corporation discharged 45 empty international containers from Bengaluru, brought by a railway rake in the morning, to NMPT to be shipped out.
It sent 30 containers loaded with tiles brought by coastal cargo from Gujarat for onward movement towards Bengaluru.
Mr.Sadhu said that the combination of coastal cargo and rail transport reduces transportation cost by at least 30% for traders, adding that traders can pass on the benefits to customers by offering goods at lower prices.
As the Centre is keen on promoting coastal cargo to reduce road traffic, CONCOR is equally keen to encourage this.
He said that while CONCOR has been feeding ports only on the east coast through the Whitefield ICD, the Mangaluru facility enables it not only to expand activities but also to help the trading community with cheaper transportation options.