Krishnapatnam: With the Container Corporation (CONCOR) introducing a direct freight train from Nagpur ICD to Krishnapatnam Port, the private sector facility is looking to attract importers and exporters from Vidarbha and the neighbouring Chhattisgarh.
Its location with vast hinterland around makes Krishnapatnam Port — 180 km off Chennai — a natural choice for cargo originating from and destined for Southern and Central regions.
The port has a dedicated four-lane road connecting NH-5 which is capable of handling 8,000 trucks per day and a 23-km double line rail with an on-dock rail adjacent to the container yard which provides rail connectivity between the port and the Chennai-Kolkata rail network.
The road and rail connectivity provides seamless movement of cargo from the port to hinterlands of southern Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, eastern Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and eastern Maharashtra, and we are keen to look at the businessmen from these regions to improve traffic, Krishnapatnam Port Company chief executive Anil Yendluri said here.
Krishnapatnam is a multi-port and specialises in all commodities and handles bulk cargo like coal, iron ore, fertilisers, minerals, agri products; liquid cargo like edible oils, project cargo, containerised cargo and so on, said its director Vinita Venkatesh.
The port has specifically built infrastructure around customer needs for these cargoes, she added.
Yendluri further said all cargo into and out of Nagpur so far have been moving in the wrong direction-higher cost and time but lower efficiency.
Moving the same through Krishnapatnam Port can take care of this he said, adding the same is the case with cargo coming in from China and other south Asian countries to Nagpur and the surrounding regions.