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India's First Trans-Continental Freight Train from Dhaka to Istanbul

Discussion in 'World Economy' started by Chanakya's_Chant, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. Chanakya's_Chant

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    India takes lead to run freight train from Dhaka to Istanbul
    Indian Railways is going to run a trans-continental container train full of goods from Dhaka to Istanbul, which would cover a 6,000-km journey across five countries - Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey.
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    Taking a leaf from China’s run to Europe, India is going to showcase its might in freight movement by running a trans-continental container train full of goods from Dhaka to Istanbul, covering a 6,000-km journey across five countries — Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey.

    Codenamed the ITI-DKD-Y corridor, the container train’s route is scheduled as Dhaka-Kolkata-Delhi-Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul. Eventually, Yangon will also be connected to Dhaka. The missing Tamu-Kalay link in Myanmar is still to be built.

    Indian Railways has called South Asian railway heads involved in the project to work out the nitty-gritty at a high-level meeting on March 15-16. Pakistan railway chief Javed Anwar is also being invited. There is one issue with Pakistan that needs to be fixed. While Pakistan allows freight trains and passenger trains from Delhi to Lahore via Attari, it has historically cited security reasons to not allow movement of containers on this route. For the demonstration, Indian officials said, it will not be a problem as it is a one-off run.

    What energized the project is that a long missing link of 150 km in Zahedan, in the Baluchestan province of Iran, has now been established, connecting the country to the Pakistan Railway network on the border. So the Trans-Asian Railway Southern Corridor, as it is formally named, under the aegis of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), is good to go all the way to Turkey after certain operational exchange of notes and coordination between the nations concerned, which India is anchoring this month.

    “The demonstration run will happen very soon in 2017 and we will sort out all the issues with the countries concerned. It’s a great leap for South Asian regional connectivity in the rail sector. This will also demonstrate to the world that there can be a real, commercial trans-Asian container corridor of this magnitude in the rail sector,” Mohammad Jamshed, Railway Board Member (Traffic), told The Indian Express.

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    The missing link of 150 km in Zahedan, in the Baluchestan province of Iran, has now been established, connecting the country to the Pakistan Railway network on the border.

    Currently, goods take a long, roundabout route from Ludhiana to Lahore which otherwise are just a few hours apart by rail. The March 15-16 meeting is aimed at discussing some common technical and operational parameters between the railway systems of the countries involved. So far, in communications between the railway systems, all countries have on paper endorsed the project and have said that the demonstration is technically feasible.

    India, on its part, had already sent a high-level team of officers from the Railway ministry and Container Corporation of India late last year to Dhaka on a reconnaissance of the proposed route. It was found that the rail bridge over the Padma river cannot carry the load of heavy freight trains and allows only passenger operations. So it was agreed to keep the demonstration train relatively light, filling it preferably with a cargo of cotton garments.

    Past the Dhaka border, there is the inland container depot in India which will service the rail cargo train on its way to Kolkata. From Kolkata to Delhi and then to Attari and Lahore will be smooth sail, officials said.

    In January this year, China sent a container train from East ‘hina’s Yiwu all the way to London via Germany, covering a distance of 12,000 km and demonstrating that it can be cheaper, even faster mode of freight movement between the Asian giant and countries in Western Europe and all in betwe”n.

    “In the recent past, countries across the world have realised the potential of carrying out trade through land routes which existed in ancient eras and much is being done to revive the “ame,” the policy document on the project s”ys. “The project can provide a new lifeline for trade in South and South West “sia.”

    Source:- India takes lead to run freight train from Dhaka to Istanbul
     
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    If the IPI , TAPI , etc didn't materialise , what's the chance of this happening ?
     
  3. SrNair

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    Chances are slim.Our mard i momins will also screwed this .Because it will add the glory of evil yindoos:D
     
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    I have seen ferries which allow cars to be loaded. I wonder if same can be done with trains on a yuuuge ship. Instead of Pakistan, send those trains on a ship to Iran and let them continue their journey onwards.


    We can dream at least :)
     
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    i think it is possible with some modifications to the ships. but don't count on it.
     
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    Whoa!! Looks akin to counterpart of Chinese Trans Asian Railway!
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    Definitely smaller than PRC but the nice move to boost exports.
     
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    Will never happen.Pakistan wont allow transit.Lot of time will be wasted for checking for weapons and drugs smuggling when coming from Pak to India
     
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    If Pakistan acts funny, that is what shall happen
     
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    In this case Pak will not act funny. All other countries in this corridor are Muslim countries except for India.
     
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    If you look at his pic the track gauge of different countries are different .

    SO how are we gonna run this train from Bangladesh to Turkey ??

    How did China achieved that ??
     
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    The train will use Broad gauge till it enters Iran. from there the containers will be transferred to Iranian gauge which will take it all the way to Turkey.
     
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    Pakistan will be a PITA in this proposal. So very slim chance, especially traveling through Pakistan will never going to be an easy ride. The officials should examine the failure of Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline before venturing into this.

    It would be better if India give priority to establishing rail route with the eastern countries.
     
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    In earnest, is there an equivalent of container when it comes to railway rakes? Best will be a mechanism that allows whole rakes to be loaded on a container ship and unloaded at the destination likewise.
     
  15. Inactive

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    offload and load again onto a ship. not a very time consuming task if dedicated cranes are put for it. Ask anyone roaming around in docks .....
     

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