Sical starts private container train service

August 11th, 2008 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Aug 11 (IANS) Sical Multimodal and Rail Transport Ltd has started its container train service between Melpakkam rail terminal in Tamil Nadu and a private rail siding at Patli near Gurgaon in Haryana, a company statement said Monday. Sical Multimodal is the first private player in India to run container trains on the Chennai-Delhi sector. Its second container train is carrying general cargo like cars, steel pipes, malt, raw rubber and industrial chemicals amongst others.

The company’s first rake carries copper concentrates, copper cathodes to and from Ghatsila in Jharkhand and Khetri in Rajasthan for Hindustan Copper Limited.

It also provides the last-mile connectivity for the finished products of Hindustan Copper from their factory at Taloja near Mumbai.

“We are making strategic investments in developing terminals at Chennai, Bangalore, Panvel and Nagpur which are expected to be operational by 2011. We would have acquired 13 rakes by that time which will allow us to commence full-fledged operations,” said Ashwin C. Muthiah, chairman of Sical Logistics.

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