Concor ICD at Baddi to be functional by Mar 2011

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Dec 2 2010, 08:00am hrs
Before Christmas, here is some good news for the exporters of the Baddi industrial belt as the Inland Container Depot (ICD) of Container Corporation of India (Concor) is inching towards completion.

The ICD, coming up at village Sheetalpur in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh at a cost of Rs 55 crore, is expected to be launched within the current fiscal. Once operational, the ICD will help ease the process of filing the documents and completing all formalities locally for the exporters. The ICD will help the industrialists in saving the freight charges as well as ensure timely delivery of consignment. Moreover, it will help in smooth movement of goods like textiles, FMCG products, electronics, home appliances, pharmaceuticals, auto parts etc from the region

A senior Concor official informed FE that the platform is ready and the warehouse and other office buildings have also been constructed. The warehouse has been built over a space of 1,000 sq metre in the first phase and can be expanded as per requirement. The platform (which can handle average about 1,000 containers in transit at a time) is also ready. The basic infrastructure facilities have been put in place as well, said the official.

However, the connecting road between the national highway and the inland container depot is yet to be widened by the state government, but the state industries department is confident of completing the work soon. Sudhir Sharma, deputy director Industries, Baddi said, The funds have already been sanctioned for widening of the road and we have deposited the money. The road will soon be revamped.