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Rail Budget: trade bodies wary of hike in freight charges

R. Krishna Kumar
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‘Proposals for infrastructure development need of the hour’

Industries and stakeholders in Mysore say infrastructure development will boost industrialisation.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
Industries and stakeholders in Mysore say infrastructure development will boost industrialisation.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Trade and commerce organisations here are keeping their fingers crossed about the impact of a possible hike in freight charges on their business ahead of the presentation of the Railway Budget on Tuesday.

They also hope that the hike will be rational as this is the last budget before the general elections.

The Mysore Industries Association (MIA), the Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MCCI), and the Nanjangud Industries Association are pinning their hopes on proposals for infrastructure development that will foster industrialisation through better connectivity.

Suresh Kumar Jain, general secretary, MIA, told The Hindu that a reliable and efficient rail transport system linking Mysore with places such as Coimbatore, Pune, Mumbai, and Indore was a must for the development of the region. “This requires additional trains and augmentation of track capacity,” Mr. Jain said.

Referring to the proposal for a railway medical college in Mysore which was announced three years ago, he said the KIADB could release up to 50 acres for the project.

Sudhakar Shetty, president, MCCI, said that an increase in freight charges would have a negative impact on industries, but the burden would be passed onto consumers.

Apart from better connectivity, they have sought a container yard either in Mysore or in Nanjangud to promote trade and commerce. A dedicate freight corridor to the Mangalore port was high on their demand as the bulk of manufactured goods was now being transported by road. “A container yard will reduce the transportation cost and save time,” they said.

While there are nearly 100 medium and large industries in Mysore, Nanjangud too has emerged as a major centre with manufacturing units such as TVS, Reid and Taylor, AT&S, Nestle etc having their factories there.

There is a general concurrence among stakeholders that the absence of a container yard in Mysore was inhibiting the growth of industries.

Incidentally, Container Corporation of India (Concor) had plans of establishing an inland container yard near Nanjangud for which land was identified.

However, the project is yet to begin.

The stakeholders said that it should be taken up on a cost-sharing basis with the State government.

Mr. Shetty said that a container depot for Mysore region was a must as 400 containers ferried articles and goods to Chennai port from Mysore region every month. “We are seeking a container depot either at Nanjangud or Mysore and a direct freight corridor to the New Mangalore Port. It will help shift industrial transportation from road to rail,” he said.

Likewise, the MCCI has sought extension of more trains up to Chamarajanagar to decongest Mysore .

A.H. Vishwanath, MP, has raised this issue with Union Minister for Railways Pawan Kumar Bansal and urged him to sanction funds to expedite the establishment of the container yard.


  • ‘Rail transport system linking Mysore with Coimbatore, Pune, and Mumbai, a must’

  • ‘Set up container yard either in Mysore or in Nanjangud to promote trade and commerce’


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