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Proposal To Revive Container Traffic Through Vallarpadam, Infra News, ET Infra


KOCHI: Railway authorities have approached the Container Corporation of India (CCI) to revive the container movement through Vallarpadam rail bridge, which is the second longest rail bridge in India. The 4.62km long bridge over Vembanad lake, built for transporting containers by rail network, has been underutilized for over a decade.

Railway authorities had a crucial meeting on Monday with CCI and other stakeholders to resume container movement by rail. “On Monday, we reached a consensus on several issues, and the project will be revived soon,” said a railway official who attended the meeting.

The construction of the rail bridge, which was completed in 2011, had faced constant setbacks. It was closed down a few months after it was opened. Reopened in 2020, operations halted due to Covid-19, leading to low demand. Stakeholders at the meeting demanded waiving fees for moving empty containers and setting up a facility in Ernakulam for issuing brake power certificate (a certificate issued for a freight train after examination to ensure safety) for rake movement from Vallarpadam. Currently, the BPC is issued for freight trains from Coimbatore. “We have informed the railway board what transpired in the meetings with stakeholders,” said a railway official.At the meeting, CCI officials demanded to reduce the tariff rate for freight movement by rail. “We are concerned about the tariff. For example, we spend around Rs 25,000 for moving a container by road to Coimbatore. But we will have to spend around Rs 28,000 per container by rail to Coimbatore going by the current tariff rate,” said an official

“We also have to address first and last mile connectivity at the destination point. With the current tariff, the rail movement will not be attractive to the shipping agencies. Besides they also must fix how the rate might be for mini containers. Currently, the containers carrying goods reaching the terminal by rail are used for domestic purposes. If the railway is ready to reduce the tariff rate, we are ready to transport containers by the rail bridge for export and import purposes through Vallarpadam,” added the official.

Meanwhile, container operators welcomed the move. “Once this rail route becomes operational not only will the traffic reduce in this route but there will be substantial reduction in air pollution,” said Tomy Thomas, former secretary of Cochin Container Carrier Owner ’s Welfare Association.

  • Published On Jan 10, 2024 at 11:58 AM IST

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