Inland Container Depot Whitefield (wfd), Bangalore

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Inland Container Depot Whitefield (wfd), Bangalore

1. Zeinab Bagherpour Group 9

2. Emma Uhde Jo?nsson

3. Ann Joseph

Inland Container Depot Whitefield (WFD), Bangalore

1. Introduction

The dry port we chose to study is the Inland Container Depot at Whitefield (WFD), Bangalore. Inland Container Depots (ICD) are dry ports equipped for handling and temporary storage of containerized cargo as well as empty containers. This enables the hinterland customers to receive port services more conveniently closer to their premises. The city of Bangalore is in the southern part of India and is a landlocked city.

2. Owners and operators

Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) is a public sector under the Indian Ministry of Railways that owns and operates the ICD at WFD, Bangalore. The main objective of CONCOR is to promote and boost the Indian International Trade and Commerce by providing and organizing multi-modal logistic support. CONCOR operates ICDs which provide single window facility in coordination with railways, customs, seaports, shipping lines, road hauliers etc. to deal with transport logistics of imports and exports. CONCOR also organizes rail/road transport for domestic containers and provides consultancy in the field of multimodal transport. CONCOR set up ICD in Bangalore in the year 1981, which is also India’s first ever dry port and was operating from Bangalore Cantonment Railway Station. As the city started expanding the ICD had to be moved to the outskirts of the city. In the year 1993 the ICD was moved to Whitefield, Bangalore.

Bangalore is a landlocked city and is one of the fastest-growing major metropolis of India, housing several global players like ABB, Airbus, Bosch, Boeing, GE, GM, Google, Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz, Nokia, Oracle, Philips, Shell, Toyota, Volvo, SKF, Tyco etc. The need for ICD surfaced when it had become difficult for importers/exporters to clear their goods which arrive or depart by sea for which the importers/exporters were required to go to the port of receipt of the goods for clearing the same. ICD Bangalore provides facility to clear goods imported (and exported) in containers by sea to the ports of Chennai and Cochin.

3. Types of transport modes

The port of Chennai is located at 341 kilometers and the port of Cochin at 528 kilometers from Bangalore. The two main transportation modes that are used between the seaports are rail and road. For the rail transportation, the tracks fall under the Indian broad gauge, which is 1,676 mm (5 feet 6 inches). From Whitefield to the Chennai harbor the rail service is scheduled every day. To the Cochin harbor the rail services are scheduled on demand. Domestic rail services are available to Tughlakabad thrice a week. 20 feet container trucks are used for road transportation. There are national highways and state highways connections between Bangalore and both the port cities and other areas within the country for domestic transfer of goods.

4. Volumes of standardized units handled and offered services

This ICD can handle 50,000 TEUs (Twenty foot Equivalent Units) per year. The ICD has two container stacking yards, one international yard and one domestic yard with