Delhi: The railways have allowed private operators
to run container trains, thus ending the monopoly of
Concor. The move will increase government revenues by
Rs2,000 crore annually. The model concession agreement
for the same was signed between the railways and 14
private container train operators.
14 operators include Anil Ambani-promoted Reliance Infrastructure
Engineering, Adani Logistics, Boxtrans Logistics Container
Rail Road Services, Gateway Distriparks, IL&FS and
Pipavav Rail Corporation (PRC).
Ambani's Reliance Industries, agriculture products company
Cargill and fertiliser major Kribhco are keen on the
second round of bidding for private container rail operations,
officials in the Rail Bhawan said.
private operators will invest Rs400 crore for manufacturing
2,000 wagons for goods transportation.
companies would buy containers from manufacturers, build
inland container depots and find customers, while railways
would run the goods trains. The companies have already
paid Rs500 crore to Railways as licence fee. The deadline
for execution of the business is three years.