International cargo terminal in Sonepat: Aiming to be a hub in North India
In view of the huge movement of containerised cargo movement to and from North India, JM Baxi Group has launched Delhi International Cargo Terminal (DICT) at Sonepat in Haryana with an investment of ` 200 crore for the Phase-I. Established on 65 acres of
DICT is an integrated rail-linked cargo terminal and inland container depot, to cater to the growing trade of NCR and North India, for both EXIM and domestic sector. The terminal is strategically located 1.5 km off National Highway No.1.
DICT is connected with three rail lines, linked through the serving station of Bhodwal Majri. The terminal has been segmented in three different areas for handling of general containerised cargo, perishable cargo and liquid cargo. In order to facilitate the cargo operations, modern handling equipment like reach stackers, hydras, forklifts, 75 road trailers and 90 reefer plug points are being deployed.
In addition to 500,000 TEUs per annum when fully operational, DICT will also be able to handle a 30,000 KL liquid tank farm facility, 5,000 MT capacity controlled temperature warehousing and cold storage, mechanised bagging plant with a capacity of 2,500 tonnes per day and grain/bulk silos for storing 50,000 MT. Speaking at the launch function in New Delhi, Rajeev Mittal, President, DICT, said, “With the growing retail market, DICT will act as a hub and DC (distribution centre) for North India. It is therefore rightly termed as an ICT (International Cargo Terminal) and not just another ICD (Inland Container depot.”
Commenting on the advantage of the location, he highlighted that DICT is approximately 35 kms north from KMP Expressway passing point at Kundli. “This is from where North India cargo funnels into Delhi. It is estimated that 80 per cent of the NCR traffic has a natural advantage in using DICT as a gateway. NCR Cargo break-up from North Direction is estimated 2,50,000 TEUs/annum, from North West 2,50,000 TEUs/annum and from North East is 3,50,000 TEUs/annum.,” he said. “In addition, DICT is privileged to be a part of Delhi Commissionerate, the most preferred by the trade as they have well-established practices and systems. Also, many CHAs have existing licenses which can be exercised with immediate effect,” he added.
“DICT is a complete common-user facility where all stakeholders will have a level playing field and will be able to establish their businesses according to their requirements,” supplemented IVS Murlidhar, Sr Vice President, DICT. He also emphasised that DICT offers better turnaround time for containers, trains and road transport vehicles; thereby saving cost and time. According to him, there is a high demand for less-than-container load (LCL cargo) and consolidation with increasing global trade and reduction in trade barriers. In the meanwhile, some five container train operators have confirmed to start services from DICT to some leading ports in the country.
Delhi International Cargo Terminal officials showcasing a model of the new terminal, at Sonepat.