Krishnapatnam port to open up timber route

The Krishnapatnam Port, which has its own dedicated railway line linking with the national railway grid is now planning to build a “Timber route,” linking the port with Hyderabad, the largest consumer of the wood in this part of the country due to heavy construction activity.

At present the 21 km railway line between KPCL and Venkatachalam road commissioned in 2009 connects Chennai-Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai trunk roads. The railway link has carried cargo of 14.4 million tonnes during the current year so far resulting in railway freight worth Rs 1,135 crore.

 The Krishnapatnam Rail Company, established under a SPV with the Indian railway is hoping to open a freight route to Hyderabad and beyond opening up uninterrupted movement of goods, particularly the Dal (pulses) imported from Myanmar.

The Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal on 6,500 acres with a capacity of operating 1.2 million TEU, acts as a container gateway on the east coast making it possible to link even New Delhi through a dedicated line. 

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