Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said on 5 March that India should become self-sufficient at producing containers eliminating the shortage of best quality containers in the country — in order to achieve the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat‘ vision and accomplish the mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Goyal was addressing the inaugural ceremony of a webinar on “Indigenous containers manufacturing” when he gave the call for manufacture containers with GPS-enabled technology domestically. These would provide better logistics that is extremely important to the Indian industry.
“There is a need for refrigerated containers and instead of depending on the imports of such containers we should manufacture them indigenously to work towards making India self-sufficient in the maritime economy,” said Goyal.
Piyush Goyal emphasised on increasing the production of Corten 6 quality steel as this is used for manufacturing good quality containers.
The railway minister explained that India, which is on a high growth route, faces a serious issue of shortage of containers for the country’s exports. The minister added the country needs to explore the possibility of containers being indigenously manufactured.
“As envisaged in the make in India and Atma Nirbhar Bharat schemes indigenous manufacturing of containers will generate employment and will save precious foreign exchange apart from helping in faster exports,” Goyal added.
Meanwhile, Container Corporation of India (Concor) has given developmental orders to Braithwaite & Company Limited and BHEL for 1,000 containers each. With 2,000 containers expected from these two sources, Concor is looking for sources within India to buy the remaining requirement.
Concor earlier used to import containers from China. Through global tenders earlier, Concor had discovered that the locally-made containers were pricier by about 25%. Each box costs about Rs 2.5 lakh. Concor CMD V Kalyana Rama said this in a virtual press conference on Friday.
Concor, BHEL, Braithwaite can work as a team to make India a destination for making containers, Piyush Goyal said earlier in the day. To meet container shortage with boxes that are made in India, the union minister had pitched if the sheds of Indian Railways’ coach factories could also be used for making containers, apart from public enterprises like Braithwaite & Company Limited and BHEL.