Development of rail-side warehouses
With a view to provide seamless door to door transportation, IR and Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) initiated a pilot project at Whitefield Satellite Goods Terminal at Bangalore.
Under this project, CWC built a state of the art go down with a capacity of 15000 tonnes, along the railway track in a goods yard. It also provides ancillary facilities in the integrated goods shed complex.
A road has also been provided on the other side of the track for unloading of consignment from the wagon directly into the trucks.
The unloading of goods is the responsibility of the CWC who are also providing facilities for delivery of goods at the doorstep of the consignees. The value addition in freight services has resulted in additional traffic to Railways.
Encouraged by the customers’ response to the facilities at the Whitefield terminal, IR has entered into a MOU with CWC as its strategic partner for the development of similar rail-side warehouse complexes at many other locations in the country. The facility has already become functional at some locations.
The above concept is also being launched through PPP (Public Private Partnership) model. Under the scheme, private entrepreneurs will be encouraged to develop rail-side warehousing complex / logistic park / ICDs (Inland Container Depot)/Agri-chains with modern loading and unloading and customer facilities on Railway land on a revenue sharing basis.
This will facilitate a single window service in providing value added service to the customer in the form of distribution, handling warehousing and road-bridging. It will also aggregate piece-meal (wagon-load) traffic to train load traffic and help IR in improving its market share.