Kottayam: The trial run to transport goods to Kottayam Port through inland waterways was conducted successfully. Regular barge services are expected to be operational from Kottayam Port and Container Terminal from next month and cargo handled by it is expected to double after that. The facility at Nattakom is reportedly the first Indian Inland Container Depot (ICD) to make use of an inland waterway.
A barge carrying goods reached here from Cochin Port through the Vembanad Lake the other day. From the Kottayam Port, the offloaded cargo was then transported to a private firm in Erayilkadavu via Kodimatha through the Kodur river.
Earlier, another trial run was carried out with empty containers.
Customs authorities are expected to de-notify four acres near the Kottayam Port to be used as storage area. The plan is to create a facility for transporting goods on the Kochi–Kottayam route on barges.
Each barge has a capacity of 240 tonnes. Within 10 days, cranes with a capacity to handle 150 tonnes are expected to arrive in Kottayam.
Inland Container Depots or ICDs are dry ports where containerised cargo as well as empty containers are stored temporarily.