‘DICT ful­fills long-awaited need for an ICD’

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Delhi In­ter­na­tional Cargo Ter­mi­nal, an ini­tia­tive of JM Baxi Group, was de­vel­oped with a fo­cus on ef­fi­ciency, re­li­a­bil­ity, cost level, safety, IT in­te­gra­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards. Ku­mar Pulkeshin, Se­nior Gen­eral Man­ager – Mar­ket­ing & Sales, In­ter­na­tional Cargo Ter­mi­nals & Rail In­fras­truc­ture gets can­did about the fa­cil­i­ties avail­able at their new ICD at Sonepat and ad­van­tages for the EXIM and do­mes­tic cargo com­mu­nity. Ex­cerpts:

Q How would the Delhi In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal (DICT) en­able ef­fi­ciency and of­fer tar­iff ad­van­tages to the EXIM and do­mes­tic cargo fra­ter­nity in NCR?

Con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to the EXIM trade and mis­sion to pro­vide most in­no­va­tive ship­ping so­lu­tions at NCR led to the es­tab­lish­ment of the Delhi In­ter­na­tional Cargo Ter­mi­nal (an In­land Con­tainer De­pot (ICD) at Sonepat, NCR re­gion). The rail-linked in­land con­tainer ter­mi­nal has been strate­gi­cally cho­sen at Sonepat due to its ad­e­quate ac­cess to cus­tomers, skilled work force, round-the-clock op­er­a­tion as well as trans­porta­tion ser­vices and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits. DICT of­fers great value to the EXIM trade in terms of cus­tom freight sta­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, empty con­tain­ers stor­age park, In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Lessors stan­dard main­te­nance and re­pair fa­cil­i­ties, in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised sur­vey­ors, ware­hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties, bonded stor­age fa­cil­i­ties, spe­cialised area for haz­ardous and scrap cargo, high value cargo han­dling, ded­i­cated gar­ment on hang­ers room, 24 hours op­er­a­tion abil­ity, 96 reefer plug points to han­dle reefer con­tainer vol­ume, over 75 fleet of trail­ers, in-fa­cil­ity na­tion­alised bank, busi­ness cen­tre, mod­ern of­fice spa­ces, ded­i­cated con­tainer train op­er­a­tions with re­li­able sched­uled ser­vices to the gate­way con­nec­tiv­ity and non-traf­fic re­stricted hours.

QT ell us about the ware­house fa­cil­i­ties and the num­ber of train han­dling lines there.

DICT cur­rently has ware­house space of 6,000 sqm. This com­prises bonded as well as gar­ment of hanger, apart from ex­port and im­port gen- patch ‘Pre-Trip’ In­spec­tion (PTI) lines, one sick line to ef­fec­tively cater to over one mil­lion TEUs through­put in the ter­mi­nal. DICT has also firmed up moves to es­tab­lish liq­uid farms, grain si­los and ad­di­tional two han­dling lines in the premises. Ad­di­tional ware­house space of 3,000 sq ft has been set aside for fer­til­iz­ers.

Q Has DICT been able to at­tract the kind and vol­ume of cargo it had hoped for?

Since its com­mis­sion eight months ago, DICT has seen em­phatic growth, record­ing over 1,500 TEUs in the first month and it has been grow­ing steadily. DICT is also con­tin­u­ing to im­prove its han­dling ca­pa­bil­i­ties to han­dle over five mil­lion TEUs within next five years by im­prov­ing op­er­a­tions with strate­gic in­vest­ments in in­fras­truc­ture, hu­man resources, land ac­qui­si­tion, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, cargo han­dling equip­ment and sup­port ser­vices.

Q Please elab­o­rate on the fa­cil­i­ties for dry vans and reefer con­tain­ers in DICT.

DICT has over 75 fleet of con­tainer trail­ers to cater to the dry con­tainer move­ments and has also in­vested in reefer trail­ers fit­ted with gen­er­a­tor sets. The ter­mi­nal has 96 plug points to cater to reefer vol­umes. DICT also has 16 mobile plug points to of­fer PTI ser­vices. DICT is equipped to han­dle the po­ten­tial of NCR in the reefer con­tainer seg­ment. Ad­di­tion­ally, there are two power packs avail­able for the reefers on train move­ment.

Q Tell us about port con­nec­tiv­ity and the num­ber of weekly ser­vices to each port.

DICT has six trains de­ployed in the sec­tor. Cur­rently DICT is of­fer­ing three ser­vices a week to Mun­dra and Pi­pavav. Or­ders for six ad­di­tional rakes have also been placed.

Q Is the com­pany iden­ti­fy­ing new ter­mi­nals along the Western and East­ern DFCs?

We will con­tinue to seek, to op­er­ate new or com­mon user fa­cil­i­ties and ter­mi­nals to en­able cargo move­ments in the coun­try. The fo­cus is not lim­ited to east­ern or western DFC cor­ri­dors.

Q Would mov­ing the ICDs out of the Delhi re­gion fa­cil­i­tate trade for the EXIM com­mu­nity?

Of the one lakh trucks that ar­rive in Delhi daily, sub­stan­tial fleet ar­rives at the ICD in Delhi to de­liver and pick the con­tainer and cargo ar­riv­ing by rail. There is sta­tis­ti­cal data to prove that the large amount of cargo be­ing han­dled at the ICD in Delhi, which is mov­ing to other lo­ca­tions.

Apart from the lo­gis­tics de­lays in the EXIM move­ments due to con­ges­tion aris­ing out of trailer and truck move­ment, the big­ger prob­lem lies in the form of huge traf­fic is­sues for rest of the res­i­dents along with pol­lu­tion and health haz­ards. With the ICDs mov­ing to non-res­i­den­tial ar­eas, the over­all move­ment be­comes faster and cheaper.

eral ware­house space. The fa­cil­ity has equip­ments for two han­dling lines along with two re­ceive and dis-

Ku­mar Pulkeshin

Se­nior Gen­eral Man­ager – Mar­ket­ing & Sales In­ter­na­tional Cargo Ter­mi­nals & Rail In­fras­truc­ture

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