The Union Minister for Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal, virtually flagged-off the dwarf container train service from JNPT. The first consignment of laden Dwarf containers from Dwarf container depot (DCD) at the port was being moved by train to ICD Kanpur.
As per an official release the ‘Dwarf’ containers provide a 67% increase in volume when double-stacked and can carry a weight of 71 tons, against 40 tons by an ISO container. In addition, Indian Railways has offered 17% discount on haulage cost compared to double stack ISO container trains, resulting in an overall 33% discount to shippers making Indian Railways competitive. Thus the rail movement of cargo through Dwarf containers has the potential to lower the EXIM logistics costs, making Indian exports globally competitive.
Speaking at the inaugural event, the Union Minister Mr. Sonowal said, “This will give the EXIM community a competitive cost advantage by lowering hinterland logistical costs, while simultaneously enhancing rail-cargo traffic at JNPT. Pristine Mega Logistics Park Pvt. Ltd, was appointed as the operator through a public tender floated by JNPT for ‘management, maintenance and operations of a dedicated dwarf container depot (D-Depot) inside the Port area.
Other officials present at the flag off included Dr. Sanjeev Ranjan, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, JNPT Chairman Mr. Sanjay Sethi, IAS, and JNPT Dy. Chairman Mr. Unmesh Sharad Wagh, IRS.