BENGALURU: DP World Cochin and Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) flagged off the first train from ICD Whitefield in Bengaluru on Friday evening. The flag off was for the newly dedicated weekly service between Bengaluru and Cochin, which will further enhance connectivity between Karnataka and Kerala.
The train from Bengaluru will depart every Friday night and reach Cochin on Sunday morning and the train from Cochin will depart every Thursday to reach Bengaluru on Friday.
Commenting on the launch of the new train service, Dr. Anup Dayanand Sadhu, Group General Manager, CONCOR India said, “This new weekly service from Bengaluru to DP World Cochin will significantly reduce transit time and cost for the local businesses/exporters in Karnataka to sectors like Middle East, Europe, Mediterranean etc. Through connections like these we aim to strengthen our network to the hinterland.”
Mr. A.V. Ramana, Chairman, Cochin Port Trust said, “The Port trust is taking various initiatives to enhance rail connectivity from the terminal to crucial hinterland markets like Coimbatore, Bengaluru etc. This has been become possible due to the vigorous marketing efforts undertaken by dedicated team based at inland locations. Such initiatives have helped us move a step closer in achieving our aim of Port led-growth for the benefit of the trade.”
Mr. Jibu Kurien Itty, Chief Executive Officer, DP World Cochin said, “At DP World, we believe in introducing innovative solutions for the benefit of the trade. With the newly launched train service between Bengaluru and our terminal, we aim to reduce the transit time and cost for the exporters and importers based in Karnataka, further emphasizing on our commitment to facilitate ease of doing business.”
The train service reduces the transit time by 5 - 7 days for the West bound cargo by avoiding the need to route it via ports along the East coast.