One more step towards Ease of Doing Business
GANDHIDHAM: Kandla Port is the premier Major Port of India handling more than 100 million tonnes of cargo. Out of this, the share of dry cargo is more than 30 million tonnes. Port has created large infrastructure inside the Port for handing of cargo through Rail. However, the infrastructure was not being optimally utilized as the nearest notified Railway station was outside the Port limits. As such. Railway levied wagon placement charges for handling rake inside the Port. This led to additional charges on Port Users due to which direct loading inside the Port was mostly avoided by them. Cargo was taken outside the Port through road and then handled. This caused under utilization of Railway infrastructure created by the Port apart from increase in cost to the end user and avoidable traffic on road. In view of this Kandla Port had been trying to notify station inside the Port limits.
To address this problem. Kandla Port Trust had been making herculean efforts for notification of Railway station inside the Port limits which would enable running of trains on through distant basis. The issue was discussed at several fora for resolution. At the request of KPT, the issue was also discussed by Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Railway Board and thereafter by the Hon'ble Minister of Shipping and Hon'ble Minister for Railways.
In culmination of KPTs long efforts, Western Railway on 24.03.2017 notified Kandla Port Dock Rail Terminal (Alpha Code - KPRK and Numerical Code - 08524070) at Kandla Port for handling all types of cargo. With this, now freight will be charged on through distance basis upto the farthest point of the Terminal
With the opening of Kandla Port Dock Rail Terminal, the Export-Import trade will be benefitted to a great extent as the cost of handling will be reduced considerably on account of non-levy of Wagon Placement charges by Railways which works out between Rs.32/- to Rs.46/- per MT depending upon the cargo. Further, it will also enable increase in rail borne traffic which will result in optimal utilization of Rail infrastructure created inside the Port by KPT, which is being under-utilized at present thereby increases the revenue to the Port Trust.
This would also provide a major fillip to the rail borne movement of containerized cargo to/from the Kandla International Container Terminal at Kandla Port.