BALLI: The multi-modal logistics park at Balli station on the Konkan Railway route which was thrown open for freight container traffic over two months ago, has been witnessing steady movement of traffic. The Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) which manages the park is likely to make it fully operational with all state-of-the-art facilities by October.
CONCOR officials said that already 1,120 containers, each weighing 30 tonnnes of consignment, have been dispatched from the facility over the last two months. While mining major, Vedanta, is among CONCOR’s major clientele, sources said that the latter has been working closely with industry leaders in Goa, including Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), to attract more freight container traffic to the multi-modal logistics park
The park has been set up with an investment of Rs 43 crore as per the MoU entered between KRCL and CONCOR. Though, sources said, the park will initially deal with domestic traffic, plans are afoot to equip the facility with all the infrastructure needed to handle Exim container traffic as well.
Sources said 5,000 Sq.m of custom-bonded warehousing space is also being created and a host of value-added services like stuffing, repackaging, etc, will be available to its users. The park is spread over 84,000sqm.
Chairman, logistics committee, GCCI, Chandrakant Gawas, exuded confidence that the multi-modal logistic park will prove to be a game-changer for the Goan industry.
“Besides being economical, transportation of goods by container freight will save costs upto 50% over transportation by road. GCCI will also try to create awareness among the industries about the facility. We will soon hold meetings at various industrial estates across the state,” Gawas said.
The distance between JNPT port of Mumbai and Goa is around 650 Km. Presently containers from Goa reach JNPT via road in 30-40 hrs. After completion of Container Depot at Balli the containers could reach JNPT within 16 to 18 hrs which will not only save the time but also cost of transportation, relieving congestion on road and last but not least the fuel which in turn would affect reduction in pollution.
Both Trade & Industry in Goa will greatly benefit from the economic transport solutions & state of the art facilities that CONCOR will be providing in partnership with Konkan Railway at this facility. In the first year of operations itself, the facility is likely to generate additional source of revenue for Konkan Railway.
The facility is initially spread over 81,300 square meters with a scope for expansion as the traffic may grow in future. This Logistics Park will be able to handle both Domestic and Exim Container Traffic. In addition to container traffic, commodities transported by both open and covered wagons can also be handled from here. 5000 square meters of Custom Bonded Warehousing space is also being created and a host of value added services like stuffing, repackaging etc will be available to its users.