To enable smooth transportation of goods for export from the city, Punjab State Warehousing Corporation (PSWC) on Monday gave an assurance that it would upgrade the infrastructure of its Container Freight Station (CFS) at Noorpur village.
The assurance came after a meeting convened by General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) joint director Darshan Singh, following a complaint regarding poor infrastructure at the freight station.
Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) deputy director Opinder Singh told HT that industrialists and officials of PSWC met at the EEPC office and discussed issues pertaining to CFS.
"The city exports goods worth Rs 1,500 crore every year, but officials said poor infrastructure at CFS has become a major reason of declining exports," he added.
Elaborating on the proceedings, he said Ajay Goswami, city's leading hand tool exporter, pointed out that damage to various parts of CFS, especially in the rainy season, virtually put a complete halt in the station's functioning.
"Due to waterlogging in the premises, it becomes difficult to reach the building. Even if anyone manages to transport the goods, bulk of the material gets damaged in the process," he added.
"Less than 150 containers could be dispatched from CFS in the past few months, against the total capacity of 400 containers. Goods are piling up in the godowns, which have leaking roofs," he alleged.
Ruing shortage of labour at CFS, industrialist Anil Kumar alleged that even as industrialists have to resort to engaging their own labour for packing goods into containers, the PSWC still charged exporters for the service.
"We want material we send to CFS to be dispatched to Ludhiana on the same day as any delay at this end ultimately delays the export consignment," he added.
PSWC manager Swaran Singh claimed that a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for upgrading the infrastructure of CFS had already been submitted, and work on laying interlocking tiles and installing a water harvesting mechanism to tackle the waterlogging problem would start soon.