The ‘Pratigya Express’ pledges guaranteed weekly cargo loading for exporters from National Capital Region (NCR) to APM Terminals Pipavav Port in Gujarat on the western coast of India.
Integrated logistics firm A.P. Moller-Maersk are surely at the top of their pledge to implement smooth logistics solutions across the nation. Taking a step further for the same to build a robust rail network, Maersk flagged off its new dedicated rail service- ‘Pratigya Express’. The route would be connecting Sonipat Inland Container Depot (ICD) in NCR to APM Terminals Pipavav Port in Gujarat.
NCR takes pride in its retail & rice exporters who needed a good enough solution to reach out to the western markets and this new train is no less than a blessing to them. Major Jyoti Joshi Mitter Head of Rail, Maersk India added, “Our ambition was to address these problems with a single solution – we launched a dedicated weekly rail service that gives the exporters a fixed visibility on departure from the origin and then connects to a fixed vessel connection at the APM Terminals Pipavav Port.”
The ‘Pratigya Express’ will move cargo from Sonipat ICD to APM Terminals Pipavav Port with a transit time of two and half days. From there, the cargo will have the option to connect on services such as the Shaheen Express, which will be launched in the coming days or the MECL.
Both of these services will then be able to take the cargo to the Middle Eastern or European markets. Studies show that cargo moved on rail instead of road has advantages in terms of both cost-savings and time-savings. These two benefits eventually also contribute to reducing carbon footprint.