APL IndiaLinx, which has been running container rail service in the country since 2007, double-stacked 90 40-foot boxes on a train from Mundra Port to an inland container rail terminal at Kishangarh, near Delhi, for the first time on June 16.
The double-stacked train operation for the Mundra-Kishangarh followed the Indian Railways’ recent decision to allow stacked train access along this rail corridor. The development was part of the rail authority’s bigger project to provide a freight-dedicated network of railroads with double-stack train access connecting key gateway ports and major North Indian industrial centers before end 2016.
APL IndiaLinx plans to expand its stacked train service network as more rail corridors are allowed double-stack access.
“Double-stack trains are becoming an imperative in the rapidly-growing Indian market,” said Amitabha Chaudhuri, Managing Director of APL IndiaLinx. “They help to ease congestion at ports where capacity constraint of rail corridors exists. Shippers also stand to enjoy improved connectivity between the key gateway ports and the major industrial centers in North India, and predictability, as we roll out stacked train services.”
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