Indian Rail Operations Return to Normal After Protests End

Reports from New Delhi said train operations started returning back  to normal last Friday following the end of week-long protests by ethnic Gujjars in the state of Rajasthan over demands for job reservation in the public sector.

Civil unrest in parts of India were causing rail freight traffic chaos in the country’s busiest northern corridor linking hinterland points around Delhi and major gateway ports on the west coast, including the largest port of Nhava Sheva.

The rail disruptions come as the three container terminals in the Nhava Sheva port complex, also known as Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, try to get ahead of the long-term landside congestion tied to increased truck turn times amid rising volumes. With excessive cargo delays, shippers have been diverting some of their cargo to nearby privately operated minor ports, particularly Mundra, equipped with sufficient spare capacity and dedicated hinterland connectivity.

The information has been provided by the Journal of Commerce.