Ahmedabad (ADI): Gateway Rail Freight Ltd (GRFL), subsidiary of Gateway Distriparks Ltd (GDL), is setting up its fourth Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Viramgam, near Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
The ICD Terminal with the railway siding and container yard will be constructed over 35 acres of land acquired and is expected to be operational within a year.
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. The company has all the necessary regulatory approvals from Western Railway for this purpose, said Prem Kishan Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director, Gateway Rail and GDL, in a statement here.
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 1.50 lakh 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.
Gateway Rail has emerged as a leading private container train operator and has presence in two locations in NCR at Gurgaon and Faridabad and a third at Ludhiana in Punjab. It also operates the Tata Steel Private Terminal at Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai.