Move aimed at de-congesting port and reducing costs
State-run Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has “authorised” on-line truck aggregator BlackBuck to roll-out a ‘Uber’-like model for picking up and dropping cargo containers from and to some 34 container freight stations (CFS) located in a 50-km radius of India’s busiest container gateway, as part of a plan to improve ease of doing business, cut costs and drive efficiency.
The move follows a failed attempt last year to introduce a transport arrangement for moving direct port delivery (DPD) containers from JNPT to customers premises located along five different hinterland destinations spread across Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa. That effort collapsed due to strong opposition from local transporters.
This time around, JNPT is implementing the plan in a low-key manner to avoid controversy and confrontation with some 1,000 small local transporters who own about 17,000 tractor trailers that haul containers to and from the port.
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