Container Corporation of India (Concor) will begin train services from the Chennai Port to its inland container depot (ICD) located at Tondiarpet from September 16, the state-run rail hauler of containers said in a trade notice on Thursday.The rail freight for moving laden containers between Chennai Port and Tondiarpet ICD has been set at ₹2,100 for a twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) and ₹3,300 for a forty-foot equivalent unit (FEU), the company said.The move follows a Railway Ministry decision to introduce round-trip based rate scheme for ultra-short lead (up to 50 km) container movements — both EXIM and domestic — from September 15, to attract this segment to rail from road.From Tondiarpet ICD, Concor will haul the containers to customers in the hinterland on the daily service it runs to its flagship ICD at Tughlakabad near Delhi, weekly service to Balasore (Odisha) and fortnightly service to Shalimar (West Bengal).
Intermodal logistics giant Container Corporation of India is expanding its time-definite containerized services as major ports work aggressively to take more freight off Indian highways to ease road congestion.
Concor this week began operating a new scheduled service from Dadri, a busy inland container depot near Delhi, to the Tondiarpet ICD on the outskirts of Chennai.
“This service is a significant step in facilitating the trade and in continuation of complying with the announcements made by the Minister for Railways. The transit time of the service is below 70 hours,” an official statement
Good step, more and more time tabled and guaranteed delivery freight services are needed to attract unconventional high value freight from road/air.