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.
Speaking on the occasion, Prabhu said that this perishable cargo centre will help farmers and consumers in a big way. He said that 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. 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 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 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 facility will be operated by CONCOR as a part of its cold chain initiative. This will serve as a stimulator and encourage similar facilities in the private sector.
This Centre has been developed at a total cost of approximately Rs.10 Crore. This will offer washing and cleaning for raw banana and ripening-cum-cold rooms for fruits like banana, mango at competitive rates.
The facility has 12 ripening chambers, each having capacity of 20 MT. It further has two cold rooms having 100 MT capacity in each room.