KOLKATA: The trial run of the Kolkata-Dhaka Container train loaded with over 1,100 tonnes was flagged off today. While passenger and goods trains run between the two countries, this is the first time that a container service began.
Exporters' forums had long been lobbying for container trains as they could save time and trade costs significantly apart from making trade safer and more organised.
Container trains are usually used to ferry machine parts, chemicals, automobiles and consumer durables that involve a shorter transit time.
If successful, the service would drastically reduce the transportation time," said senior officials. The Container Corporation of India Ltd (Concor), a PSU under the Railway Ministry will handle the logistics of the container service.
The train was flagged off at a Concor Terminus near Majherhat station by GM Eastern Railway and CMD Concor. It will travel 300km through Sealdah, Naihati, Ranaghat and Gede in India and Darsana and Ishurdi in Bangladesh before reaching Bangabandhu West station, 117km from Dhaka.