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WEST BENGAL- Pre-Election Cross-Currents

September 21, 1968 The official adds a note of caution: "it is now increasingly realised that the container is not the ultimate wisdom and that it is only another means of transport rationalisation. Palletisation and unit loading systems are gaining importance side by side; indeed palletisation of cargo is coming to be viewed with increasing favour by some ocean carriers as a form of transport which can be used either in conjunction with container service or as an alternative to it. One view is that smaller palletised load would be more suitable for most of the developing countries." CEYLON'S CLAIM Meanwhile, according to a study carried out by the National Ports Council of Britain of the potential scope for container traffic, the India-Pakistan- Ceylon trade route is eminently suitable for providing a regular container service. This service could take the form of a container ship of 1,000 containers or two ships of 500 containers per week. Since this trade can support more than one 500 container ship per week, it is classed as a prime route for container development. Although the prospects are favourable, the new concept of "pivot ports" and "feeder ports" may affect India's calculations, the Transport Ministry official warns in his report Singapore is already being developed with World Bank assistance as the "pivot port'' in that area and Ceylon has claimed that Colombo would the ideal 'pivot port' for the India, Pakistan and Burma region. "India has therefore to move fast in our programme, if we are to have the 'pivot' position", the official adds. He suggests that a technical committee should be appointed to study the various aspects of con- tainerisation

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