Mr V.Kalyana Rama has recently taken over as Chairman & Managing Director, Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR). Previously he was holding the post of Director (Projects & Services) CONCOR. Mr Rama, who is a Mechanical Engineer, also worked in BHEL, BHPV before joining Railways. He had held various challenging assignments in his career with Indian Railways.
Mr Rama has been professionally trained both in Railways and in multi modal transport logistics. He was instrumental in development of container depots in South Central and Southern Region of CONCOR where he was holding the post of Executive Director, South Central Region of CONCOR. He has been involved in all the developmental planning and operational activities of EXIM and Domestic cargo at the various dry port terminals of CONCOR.
Mr Rama was also Chief Executive Officer, Infinite Logistic Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a Joint Venture of Reliance Logistics Private Limited (RLPL) and CONCOR. He has wide experience of Engineering, System design, Railway & multi modal operations and Project planning & commissioning.
Speaking exclusively at the CONCOR headquarters in New Delhi Mr Rama, a visibly affable, bullish and seasoned PSU head, made it clear that his aims and objectives are to create value for customers’ customers. “My first focus is to give my customers service level guaranty and make them delighted. At these challenging times we must work together for win-win benefits and wider perspective. We will have to create value for our precious customers, so that they can pass on the benefits to their customers to retain and expand business. And, the value creations would be predominantly fast movement of cargo from point to point as well as end to end. Accessibility, visibility and transparency in all aspects would be the mantra of CONCOR in the days to come,” emphasised Mr Rama.
With these objectives in mind CONCOR has recently launched Version 1 of CONCOR App, which is presently offering services of tracking & tracing of cargo, tariff and information about terminals with contact details. Gradually within next six to twelve months the App will be fully functional to provide all other necessary services pertaining to logistics including booking, e-filling of all necessary papers, payments, searching for service providers, availability of space for aggregation and distribution of cargo, pricing etc. Ultimate goal of this App is to offer complete logistics services by integrating all stakeholders under one platform. “We will connect trucking, warehousing and allied logistics services through our App and selected aggregators would be reliable players in this field,” the CONCOR CMD explained.
Accordingly, IT infrastructure would be major focus area of Mr Rama. “The backbone of logistics services would be ITes to offer time-bound delivery services to our customers,” added Mr Rama. At present in addition to all ports CONCOR is present at 66 locations and having tie-ups with some other companies in three locations across India.By this financial year CONCOR will add 10 more locations.With an approach of integration and inclusive growth the PSU will strengthen the multimodal logistics operations collaborating with other PSUs and private players.
To offer a robust end to end multimodal logistics services, especially in post GST period, CONCOR is intensifying its warehousing and logistics parks operations. Meanwhile the PSU has 3.25 million sqft warehousing space across the country. “As of today they are primarily working as transit hubs, but they would be developed as logistics parks with storage and other facilities and amenities. However, presently we are offering logistics parks facilities at our ICDs at Dadri, Khatwas, Dighi, Vizac and Indore (is being developed). Ten more logistics parks will be set up by this year. In future all new ICDs will be logistics parks and to be set up on not less than 100 acre land. Out of that sufficient amount of land will be kept for warehousing. For example, at Vizac out of 100 acre 4 lakh sqft will be for warehousing and at Khatwas out of 280 acre 10 lakh sqft will be for warehousing,” shared Mr Rama. Previously average size of CONCOR ICDs was 30-35 acre land.
Sharing his feelings as new CMD of CONCOR Mr Ram expressed, “I am delighted to take charge as Chairman & Managing Director of our company. It is a privilege to take the role of a leader of such a vibrant and dynamic team and Navaratna company. I am hopeful CONCOR will achieve its ambitious goals for the greater interest of the logistics industry and country’s economy collaborating with all stakeholders. ”
PM inaugurates Perishable Cargo Centre at Ghazipur
On November 14 Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi inaugurated the newly constructed Perishable Cargo Centre at Ghazipur Ghat Railway Station, Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh. Minister of Railways and Minister of State for Railways were also present on the occasion.
The facility for perishable cargo has been constructed under CONCOR CSR activities in an area of 2500 square mts. on railway land. The facility has four ripening chambers as well as four cold rooms for ripening and storage of fruits and vegetables with a total capacity of more than 400 tons. The facility also has sorting and grading equipment and will cater to the needs of local small farmers who can store their unsold fresh vegetables and fruits at reasonable price for further selling in market as per their requirement.