Suresh Prabhu inaugurates country’s first perishable cargo centre in Delhi


Indian Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated the first ever Perishable Cargo Centre of Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) at Adarsh Nagar station near Azadpur Sabzi Mandi, Delhi through video conferencing from Rail Bhavan, New Delhi on March 24, 2015.

Indian Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurating the Perishable Cargo Centre (at Azadpur Sabzi Mandi, Delhi) of Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) through video conferencing, at a function, in New Delhi on March 24, 2015. The Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha, the Chairman, Railway Board, AK Mital, Board Members and senior officials of Railways are also seen.

Indian Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurating the Perishable Cargo Centre (at Azadpur Sabzi Mandi, Delhi) of Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) through video conferencing, at a function, in New Delhi on March 24, 2015. The Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha, the Chairman, Railway Board, AK Mital, Board Members and senior officials of Railways are also seen.

While speaking about the cargo, Prabhu said that this perishable cargo centre will help farmers and consumers in a big way. The ripening of fruits and cold storage facilities at this cargo centre will help the farmers get a good price and good market for their product through this.

The cargo centre that has been built with an investment of $1.47 million (Rs 10 crore) will offer washing and cleaning for raw banana and ripening cum cold rooms for fruits like banana, mango at competitive rates.

The Minister said that Railways are doing much more for the socio-economic development of the country and contribution of the Indian Railways in several sectors is really remarkable.

He pointed out that it is heartening to know that the CONCOR has implemented one of the announcements made in the Railway Budget by setting up this centre in such a very short period.

Prabhu also said that he has already instructed the railway officials to fast track the implementation of the all budgetary announcements.

The cargo centre of CONCOR will help reducing the wastages that Indian agriculture is suffering from because of absence of proper cold chain facilities. This centre will be using latest “state-of-the-art” technology for ripening bananas in the first stage and mangoes thereafter in the healthier fashion based on healthier non-toxic Ethylene Technology for which CONCOR has provided specialised chambers. This Perishable Cargo Centre facility will be operated by CONCOR as a part of its Cold Chain initiative. The setting up of this facility by CONCOR will serve as a stimulator and encourage similar facilities in the private sector. CONCOR company will operate this facility at highest level of efficiency which will help entire farm community as well as consumers.

Salient features of the facilities are:

Ripening Chambers

  • 12 Nos. of ripening chambers, each having capacity of 20 MT
  • Size of each chamber is approx. 220 cubic meters
  • Temperature of ripening chamber is 15+ 1.5 Deg. Celsius
  • Pallet racking arrangements for keeping of 32 pallets in each ripening chamber

Cold Rooms

  • 2 Nos. of cold rooms having 100 MT capacity each room
  • Size of each room is approx. 745 cubic meters
  • Storage in cold room at two levels viz., ground and mezzanine
  • Cold room temperature: 0+ 1.5 Deg. Celsius
  • Sufficient space earmarked for parking/movement of trucks