The international North South Transport
Corridor has been put to use for the first time to transport Russian newsprint
to consumers in distant Chennai
A full container train with paper
products, including newsprint, is on its way from Russia to Chennai through a
multi-modal transportation according to media reports
The cargo handled
by RZD Logistics (Russian Railways) left Russia a few days ago taking the
International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC).
the first leg, the cargo took the rail mode from Russia to Bandar Abbas port in
Iran through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. From the Iranian port, the cargo will
move by sea to Chennai in the second leg.
The train carried 53 forty-foot containers
with newsprint in 32 eighty-foot flatcars, owned by the container operator RZD
Business Active, according to Russian media. This was confirmed by multiple
sources in Chennai.
route, through ports in Iran and Azerbaijan, cuts the time to move goods by
almost half as it will avoid the present circuitous sea route through the Suez
The multi-modal transport route will involve
train movement through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to reach Iran’s Bandar Abbas
port from where it will be take the sea route to reach Chennai.
The INSTC is
a key trade corridor project, wherein India is partnering with 12 countries to establish
an economic corridor.
7,200-km multi-mode transport (Rail, sea,
Road) project to move freight among India, Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia and Europe. The aim is to increase trade
connectivity between major cities such as Mumbai, Moscow, Tehran, Baku, Bandar
Abbas, Astrakhan, Bandar Anzali.