Railways eyeing development of 100 Gati Shakti Cargo Terminals by 2025

Under the new Gati Shakti Cargo Terminals policy 2021, India’s national carrier proposes to develop 100 Gati Shakti Cargo Terminals (GCTs) within the next three financial years, Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronic & Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Wednesday. 

The minister in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha said that 22 GCTs have already been commissioned while 125 applications for the development of Cargo Terminals under the GCT Policy have been received and 79 In-Principle Approvals have been granted. 

Developed by private players, the GCT can be developed on non-Railway land or fully or partially on Railway land.  

To develop GCTs on non-Railway land, the GCT Operators are required to identify the location and construct the terminal after obtaining the necessary approval. Whereas to develop GCTs on fully or partially on Railway land, Railways are required to identify the land parcels, and select a GCT Operator for the construction and operation of the Terminal through an open tendering process, the minister elaborated in his written reply. 

He further said that various steps are being taken by the Railways for the effective and speedy implementation of rail projects. This will include setting up of Gati Shakti Directorate in the Ministry of Railways and Gati Shakti Units in Divisions, prioritization of projects, a substantial increase in allocation of funds on priority projects, a delegation of powers at the field level, close monitoring of the progress of projects at various levels, and regular follow up with State Governments and concerned authorities for expeditious land acquisition, forestry, and wildlife clearances and for resolving other issues about projects. 

In a recent development, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) flagged off the first freight train from its Paradip terminal. 

The first Gati Shakti multimodal cargo terminal in the East Coast Railway Region – the terminal near Pradip station has been commissioned by the Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR).

Transporting a total of 3,774 tonnes of fertilizers from Paradip to Nakaha Jangal in Uttar Pradesh, the first freight train from the terminal was loaded by Indian Farmer Fertilizer Corporation (IFFCO).

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