Assures trade of seamless cargo Handling
The 156 year old PSE conglomerate Balmer Lawrie formally commenced operations of its Container Freight Station at Vizag.
The CFS located within the Multi Modal Logistics Park of Visakhapatnam Port Logistics Park Ltd had been in the wait for quite some time with the trade anticipating its opening for a while.
To mark the significance of this occasion some of Balmer Lawrie’s top management made their presence felt in the city of destiny wherein a puja was performed in the presence of Mr Adika Ratna Sekhar. Along with the Directors and COO of Balmer Lawrie some of the other high profile dignitaries present included Mr Engineer Kesavan – Commissioner of Customs, Mr Durgesh Kumar Dubey – Deputy Chairman, Visakhapatnam Port Authority along with other stakeholders of trade.
A Government of India Enterprise under Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Balmer Lawrie had set up a Multi Modal Logistic Hub (MMLH) in Joint Venture with Visakhapatnam Port Authority (VPA) namely Visakhapatnam Port Logistics Park Limited (VPLPL).
It has set up a state-of-the-art MMLH spread over an area of 53 acres with the objective of significantly contributing to the Logistics goals of the nation and also to meet the growing demands of the region. As per Balmer Lawrie the MMLH has the capability to accommodate & handle both Exim and Domestic cargo wherein the Exim area will have CFS, Warehousing, Cold Storage / Temperature Controlled Warehouse, Open Cargo Storage, Hazardous & Non-Hazardous Cargo Handling, Truck Parking etc.
The CFS facility in VPLPL is spread over 25 acres and this is the only other facility in Visakhapatnam which has rail connectivity with the Port (other than CONCOR’s facility) which could facilitate faster evacuation of containers from the Port besides reducing the congestion on the road. Since the facility is a rail-linked CFS facility in Visakhapatnam, it can be instrumental to bring in Exim volumes of considerable heavy weight such as Aluminium, Steel, Rice etc. from neighbouring states like Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa.
There is potential of leveraging ECTS (Electronic Cargo Monitoring System) for cargo movement to Nepal, Bangladesh through VPLPL. This is the only facility with refrigeration facility and has a huge potential for movement of refrigerated cargo as well.
The existing facility of VPLPL is also said to be in line with Prime Minister’s Gati Shakti initiative. It is an end-to-end Logistics Services provider with best-in-class infrastructure including Container Freight Stations (CFS), Cold Chain Units, Warehouses and owned fleet of Temperature Controlled Vehicles spread across the country.
BL’s CFS in Vizag:
Spread over 25 acres
Only other facility in Vizag to have Rail connectivity with the Port