Viramgam (VG): Gateway Rail Freight Limited (GRFL) – subsidiary of Gateway Distriparks Limited (GDL) announced its fourth Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Viramgam, near Ahmedabad in Gujarat. This terminal will be on the confluence point of the two double stack routes between its flagship hub at Garhi Harsaru in Gurgaon (Haryana) and two main ports on the west coast at Mundra and Pipavav in Gujarat.
The company will soon start construction of railway siding and its container yard. It is expected to be operational within a year. The company has all the necessary regulatory approvals from Western Railway for this purpose.
Gateway Rail has acquired 35 acres of land for developing the second hub for its container train services. The railway hub terminal will be built over 25 acres of land and initially will have a capacity to handle two trains simultaneously. It will have a capacity to handle 150,000 TEUs annually. The balance 10 acre land will be used for developing an ICD to cater to the needs of Gujarat trade. The terminal will cater to the need of Ahmedabad, Sanand, Mehsana and Becharaji EXIM market by providing ICD services such as customs clearance and storage of cargo.
Prem Kishan Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director of Gateway Rail and its promoter company GDL said, “This will be our fourth ICD and will provide world class service to Gujarat trade besides our cost optimisation efforts by way of double stack operations between Garhi and Viramgam terminal.”
Gateway Rail has its presence in two locations in NCR at Gurgaon and Faridabad and one location at Ludhiana in Punjab. It also operates the Tata Steel Private Terminal at Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai.