‘DICT fulfills long-awaited need for an ICD’
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-
Senior General Manager – Marketing & Sales International Cargo Terminals & Rail Infrastructure