Insights on Gati Shakti Cargo Terminals (GCT) policy launched recently

In order to boost investment from industry in development of additional terminals for handling rail cargos, a new ‘Gati Shakti Multi-Modal Cargo Terminal (GCT)’ policy has been launched few months ago. The locations for GCTs are being identified/finalized on the basis of demand from industry and potential of Cargo Traffic. So far, 6 GCTs have already been commissioned and around 74 more locations have been provisionally identified for development of GCTs. 

The State-wise details of the provisionally identified locations in the country are as under:                                                           

SNName of StateLocations for GCTs identified   
1Andhra Pradesh4
10Kerala       1
11Madhya Pradesh1
12   Maharashtra11
13   Odisha4
14Punjab   6
15Tamil Nadu3
17Uttar Pradesh10
18   Uttarakhand1
19   West Bengal       4

The salient features of Gati Shakti Cargo Terminals (GCTs) are as under:

  • Simplified application and approval process, for quick and hassle-free approvals.
  • No departmental charges will be levied on the applicant.
  • No Land License Fees to be charged for the Railway land used for connectivity.
  • No cost of commercial staff to be charged
  • All common-user traffic facilities at the serving station to be constructed and maintained by Railway
  • For Terminals giving 1 MT or more outward traffic, cost of mid-section Block Hut/ Block station to be reimbursed as 10% freight rebate.
  • Maintenance of all assets (track, signalling, OHE) by Railway at its own cost, excluding the yard and loading/unloading lines
  • Railway will reserve the right to grant connectivity to another Terminal(s) from such portions of track being maintained by Railway
  • It has been targeted to set up 100 GCTs within the next three financial years i.e. 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25.

Source: PIB | Image Credit (representational): Eastern Railway