Coastal containers to chug via Vallarpadam rail link

  • | Thursday | 23rd January, 2020

Anu Kuruvilla ByExpress News ServiceKOCHI: The Vallarpadam rail link, constructed exclusively for transporting containers to and from the International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) here, had never been utilised to its fullest ever since its commissioning in February 2011. “Until now, containers were moved via road and the rail link remained under-utilised even though transporting containers via rail route is more economical,” he said. Now, Concor has decided to go all out in promoting the use of the Railways’ freight service, said Rejo. “Now, we are expecting the rail link will be used regularly or at least once a week,” said the official. The rail link is India’s second longest rail bridge and fifth longest bridge The link from Edappally to Vallarpadam starts from Edappally running 3km parallel to an existing track until it reaches VaduthalaThe rail line then passes via the Vembanad bridge through three small islands, including Idyakkara and Mulavukad islands, on Vembanad Lake to reach Vallarpadam 80% of the bridge is built over waterThough several projects had come up to utilise the tourism potential of Vallarpadam Rail Link, none could make much impact.

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