In an Indian Railways first, a container train with 1012 tons of fresh fruit imported from abroad reached Bengaluru on Thursday morning. Apples, kiwis, apricots and cherries from Brazil, Iran and Europe arrived at the Inland Container Depot at Whitefield via Mumbai.
The Reefer Special operated by Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR), a public sector unit under Indian Railways, had 44 refrigerated containers with each one bearing 23 tons of fruit. They were transported from the rail yard inside the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai.
Group General Manager of CONCOR, Bengaluru, Dr Anup Dayanand Sadhu, told The New Indian Express: “This is the first time that transportation of fresh fruit has been attempted in the country using a reefer train and the experimental one has turned out to be very successful. There is a huge demand for fruit from abroad particularly in South India and we decided to cater to that demand.”
The fruit are intended to be distributed across Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. “Bengaluru will now serve as a hub to distribute them across all these regions,” he added.