Together with the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has announced the commencement of a weekly scheduled export train from ICD Ludhiana in northern India to JN Port.
The service every Saturday is meant to ensure faster evacuation of export containers destined for JNPT from a market including the states of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Rajasthan.
With an extensive network of more than 80 ICDs nationwide, CONCOR commands the bulk of Indian containerised rail transportation.
Shri Sanjay Sethi, IAS, chairman of JNPT, said: “Today marks the start of a new chapter enhancing trade connectivity between Ludhiana and Maharashtra.
“JNPT handling the majority of India’s container freight and connectivity between the two cities is extremely significant for the emerging market economy.”
On average, the port currently sends and receives nearly 20 trains daily. CONCOR has also agreed to accommodate export containers of other private train operators on their trains in an effort to facilitate the timely connection of exports to container vessels at JN Port.
JNPT is India’s biggest container port and has five container terminals: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT), Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT), Nhava Sheva International Gateway Terminal (NSIGT), Gateway Terminals India Pvt. Ltd. (GTIPL), and the newly commissioned Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Private Limited (BMCTPL).