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New container train service from Krishnapatnam Port to Bangalore
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New container train service from Krishnapatnam Port to Bangalore

A new container freight train service began its first journey from Krishnapatnam Port to the Whitefield Depot (WFD) ICD in Bangalore on 19 June,¬†marking what the port calls “a new milestone in its service offerings. The trainload comprised a full load of import laden containers destine for a number of companies in and around Bengaluru city.

A Krishnapatnam port spokesman said that the weekly rail service in association with CONCOR provides the fastest transit to/from the WFD ICD, “giving an impetus to importers and exporters around Bengaluru, Hosur and Chittoor among others.”

Comprising a a maximum carrying capacity of 90 teu each way, the train service reduces transportation times from 24-36 hours by road to just 18 hours in addition to saving customers up to US$150 on each container.

Despite not yet being a major port, Krishnapatnam’s management proudly proclaims that it offers “modern and high quality infrastructure such as congestion free and dedicated rail and road connectivity, a green channel express vessel loading and unloading service, the deepest draft in the county, availability of custom officers24/7 state of the art equipment, on-dock rail-sidings, fast turnround times and significantly lower charges than comparable South Indian ports.”