MADURAI: Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) has decided to start container train services from the inland container depot here to Karaikal port and Delhi soon. CONCOR will operate service from Tondiarpet in Chennai to Karaikal and from Madurai to Karaikal and Delhi, said Mr K Raveen Kumar Reddy, CONCOR Chief General Manager.
The inland container depot is responsible for handling both export and import cargoes at affordable tariff. Mr Daniel Jothi Kumar, the Assistant General Manager of Marg Karaikal Port, has stated that since the Karaikal port is centrally located, goods could be imported and exported from there at low cost.
Containers are being sent to Colombo on large-scale and a separate handling unit has been established for goods sent from the Karaikal Port, which helps in saving time and money both.
Mr Reddy has stated that the Koodal Nagar inland container depot would emerge as the nodal point for five districts consisting of Madurai, Dindigul, Karur, Theni and Namakkal.
As the Madurai Airport will start international flights soon, CONCOR will establish an air-cargo complex here. CONCOR has handled 2.06 lakh TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of cargo in the present fiscal up to November as against 1.65-lakh TEUs in 2010-11.