Make In India: Centre Holds Talks To Increase Container Production, Explores Possibility For PLI Scheme

by Arun Kumar Das - Aug 16, 2022 11:07 AM +05:30 IST
Make In India: Centre Holds Talks To Increase Container Production, Explores Possibility For PLI SchemeCentre holds meeting on container production (Pixabay)
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  • According to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the meeting was held to discuss and facilitate an ecosystem for manufacturing containers under Make In India programme.

In a move to make India ‘Atmanirbhar’ in its requirement for containers, a high-powered committee deliberated various aspects of container production in the country and also explore the possibilities of introducing production-linked incentive (PLI) in the sector.

With cluster base manufacturing in focus, the CONCOR will be working closely with the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW). The meeting also discussed how the availability of Make In India containers may open up the avenue for domestic cargo transportation using the vast expanse of inland waterways of India.

The meeting was held between the Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal and the Union Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw in presence of the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Chemicals and Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya.

According to the Ministry, the meeting was held to discuss and facilitate an ecosystem for manufacturing containers under Make In India programme.

Various ways and means to encourage Indian producers of containers were also discussed. In the meeting, the ministers also discussed the possibility of movement of bulk cargos like cement, foodgrains, fertilisers etc. through coastal and inland waterways in containerised form. This will contribute to reduction in the cost of logistics, handling charges as it will be through an economical, ecological and easier mode of transportation.

Earlier, a committee was formed comprising of Joint Secretary (Ports), Joint Secretary (Customs), Joint Secretary (Logistics), Joint Secretary (Steel), Representative from CONCOR and NICDC to assess the demand of containers in domestic trade, EXIM trade as well as the problem faced in the domestic manufacturing of containers.

The Ministry also interacted with the representatives from CONCOR, Association of Container Train Operators (ACTO), steel manufacturing companies, container manufacturers, Container Shipping Line Association (CSLA).

In the EXIM segment, container availability and space onboard vessels are consistently improving. In the domestic segment, CONCOR has a requirement for approximately 50,000 containers in the next three years.

The meeting was an extension of these findings to craft an ecosystem that can help domestic producers to produce Make In India containers with an ultimate aim to help our trading community in the EXIM sector and help realise the vision of making India a $5 trillion economy.

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Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at akdas2005@gmail.com.


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