SCR announced on May 7 that the railway station tender has been granted to Dalmia Cement Bharat Limited for Rs 15.2 crore. The Indian Railways implemented the GCT policy to encourage industry investment in the establishment of additional rail freight terminals. These terminals will improve the handling of freight commodities for railway transportation by offering better facilities that provide safe and secure transportation.Apart from new sidings, under-construction and existing private sidings and terminals can also be converted to GCT under this policy.
The scope of GCT construction includes additional line laying, surface concreting, an electronic in motion weigh bridge, the provision of a Hamali rest room, a covered shed, an approach road, water supply arrangements, the installation of computerised working systems such as Freight Operations Information System (FOIS) and Track Management System (TMS), electrification of additional line, high mast lighting, and so on. Dalmia Cement Bharat Limited, Chandrapur, will maintain the GCT for the duration of the contract, which is 35 years. There will be no terminal costs assessed on cargo for which GCT is the consignor and/or consignee. The railways will be responsible for the maintenance and operation of assets such as track, signal, and telecom, as well as overhead equipment and employee expenditures.
SCR General Manager Arun Kumar Jain commended Secunderabad Division officials on the realisation of the idea for the installation of a GCT at Gadchandur station. He further stated that the cement industries in the Gadchandur and Chandrapur areas will benefit the most from this move because railway transit will be safer, easier, and more comfortable.