Infrastructure development is a critical enabler to economic growth. Logistics infrastructure, covering the road, rail, waterways and air network is the backbone to a country’s development. As a large part of India’s future logistics network is still to be built, there is ample scope here to build optimally, to meet the growing demand.
Catering to this need, Project Logistics is now evolving as a strategic function beyond mere transportation and storage services to provide end-to-end solutions that improve efficiencies.
The rapid pace of progress and urbanization in India today, has given rise to the need for better and more efficient rail transport. The prestigious Delhi Metro Rail Project is one such in a long list of Rail-based mass rapid transit system (MRTS) projects in the metropolitan cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Apart from providing a reliable, pollution-free journey for commuters, the metro trains are faster and safer too.
Allcargo Global Logistics Ltd proved a worthy logistics partner for project cargo by netting the prestigious project shipment of 424 cars for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
Allcargo & the Delhi Metro
It was a memorable day at Allcargo Global Logistics, when we accomplished the movement by receiving and transporting the first two of a total of 424 Metro Rail Cars, air freighted by our partners to Delhi. What made the occasion even more special was the fact that the project cargo was a first of its kind in Asia!
The assignment included rolling-off the Metro Rail Cars from a cargo aircraft at Delhi Airport, loading them onto trailers, transportation through a specially designed hydraulic trailer from the airport to Khyber Pass Depot, unloading on to the railway track of Delhi Metro. The cars were 22 metres long and weighed 42 tons each.
It was indeed awe inspiring to see history in the making as the spanking new metro rail cars made their circuitous journey to be offloaded onto the railway tracks. The trailers were fabricated to ensure no stress to the precious cargo, using a new technology indigenously designed by our projects team. A salient feature of the project was the deputation of our engineer to Germany for training on roll-on & roll-off. And our engineer accompanied the metro car in the aircraft from Germany to Delhi.
Although this project had its fair share of challenging moments, meticulous planning, observation of all safety norms and team work ensured that the job was completed safely and in record time - a fact which was appreciated by DMRC, Bombardier and the industry.
Allcargo was also at hand to transport the first four standard gauge coaches for DMRC at Mundra Port in Gujarat on March 15, 2009. The train set was supplied by South Korean Consortium Hyundai-Rotem. The coaches are the first standard gauge type to be operated in India and are more advanced, offering convenience and safety to passengers.
The metro coaches were transported by Allcargo by road from Mundra Port to the DMRC Depot in Mundka, Delhi, where intensive testing and commissioning were performed before putting them into service.
As logistics partners in the Delhi Metro Rail Project, Allcargo Global Logistics Ltd is truly proud to be able to play a role in the development of a world-class rail infrastructure in the country.