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

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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.

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