The first export rake from Siliguris Dabgram ICD with reefer containers reached Kolkata Dock System (KDS) on May 29, 2021. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata (SMP, Kolkata) has an exclusive partnership with ICD Siliguri operated by Pristine Mega Logistics, informed an SMP release.
This rail connectivity opens up direct access of SMP to North Bengal and North-Eastern India, the release highlighted.
This was the first train operated by a private container train operator, and it brought 28 TEUs of deep-frozen reefer cargo weighing over 500 tonnes.
SMP, Kolkata has an exclusive partnership with Pristine Mega Logistics to handle ICD Siliguri cargo and has provided special discounts in charges and incentives to promote this line of trade.
A MoU to this effect was signed in February 2021 in the backdrop of Maritime India Summit 2021 under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
Mr Vinit Kumar, Chairman, SMP, Kolkata, emphasised that with this significant arrival of the first export rake at Kolkata Dock System, SMP expects 12-15 trains of reefer containers every month. For this unique achievement, the Chairman thanked the trade partners, officers and staff of KDS for their excellent support and hard work despite the devastating impact of Covid-19 and the cyclonic storm, the release added.