Expanding Horizons: DFCCIL to Develop 20 Gati Shakti Cargo Terminals


Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd. (DFCCIL) is set to release Requests for Proposals (RFPs) in 2024 for the development of 20 Gati Shakti Cargo Terminals, according to Shobhit Bhatnagar, Director of Operations & Business Development at DFCCIL. This announcement was made during a private media event.

DFCCIL has been issuing tenders for the development of Gati Shakti Cargo Terminals on both private lands and along the western and eastern dedicated freight corridors. Bhatnagar explained, “There are two schedules: Schedule 1 for private terminals on private land and Schedule 2 for terminals on DFC or railway land. We have made significant progress with the terminals under Schedule 2.”

Bhatnagar added, “This year, we aim to release RFPs for approximately 20 Gati Shakti Cargo Terminals. We are hopeful for robust bidding and the establishment of additional terminals.” Notable operators of these terminals include Central Warehousing Corporation, Pristine Logistics, and Emirates Logistics.

Under the Gati Shakti Multimodal Cargo Terminal Policy, launched in December 2021, the government aims to establish 100 terminals by the end of 2024–25. Currently, one terminal under this policy is operational in Rewari, commissioned in April last year, with another functional terminal at New Bhaupur on the eastern DFC and two more under construction.

The policy seeks to promote the development of new cargo terminals and enhance existing ones to boost railways’ cargo traffic. It encourages participation from logistics service providers, real estate developers, third-party logistics players, warehousing investors, container train operators, and manufacturers. Key features include a simplified application and approval process, relaxation in land license fees, and the provision for both private and state-owned operators to set up common-use facilities or terminals for handling rail cargo.

Regarding the progress of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC), Bhatnagar reported that only the 104-km stretch between New Saphale and Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Maharashtra remains incomplete. Despite this, the rest of the WDFC is operational, along with the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor.

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