India's Port of Chennai gets boost from rail link

India's Port of Chennai gets boost from rail link

NEW DELHI - Container Corp. of India (Concor) has launched a direct export rail service between New Delhi and the southern Indian port of Chennai.

The first train of the new service departed New Delhi last week for Chennai. It was carrying cargo destined for China. The containers were picked up by Dongnama Line, which operates a service from Chennai to the Far East in partnership with three other carriers, including the Shipping Corp. of India.

Chennai has traditionally been the gateway for trade from the southern region, and the latest rail link to the north, which generates huge volumes, should give it a big boost. Some cargo also is being diverted from the western Indian port of Jawaharlal Nehru, which continues to face yard congestion.

Concor earlier began running a special train for import containers from Chennai.

Overall container volume at Chennai Container Terminal surpassed 400,000 TEUs in fiscal 2003 ended March 31. It reported a steady increase in the number of ship calls, and berth productivity.