‘Sindi Railway dry port to change Vidarbha’s economic scene’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Oct 2017 09:19:25


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Cargo Hub, Dry Port, Samruddhi Corridor will bring prosperity to region, says Chief Minister

Now, dream of exporting famous oranges of Vidarbha to foreign countries may become a reality as Union Minister for Road Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari laid foundation stone for Wardha- Sindi Railway Dry Port on Monday. The dry port will change the economic scenario of Vidarbha region undergoing agrarian crisis.

“Any container that arrives in Mumbai can be transported to Sindi Railway Dry Port directly by rail which will help trader to save cost which they incur while using road transport. It will also enhance the export capabilities of the region, especially of Nagpur’s famous oranges, wood, chemicals and other local products. These dry and satellite ports will also have cold storage, pre-cooling plants that would be helpful even to local farmers,” said Nitin Gadkari while addressing the gathering during bhoomipujan function. The facility will also generate employment for local youth and propel development of the region, Gadkari hoped.

The new dry port located in Sindi village in Wardha district, is part of the Government of India’s ‘Sagarmala’ project aimed at transforming the country’s logistic landscape. It will also help in providing effective logistics services to the industries in Vidarbha and improve cargo through put at the port.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis presided over the ceremony. Sudhir Mungantiwar, Minister for Forest and Finance; Guardian Minister of Wardha District Madan Yerawar, Wardha MP Ramdas Tadas, former MP Datta Meghe, MLA Sameer Kunawar and others were present prominently. Ravikant, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, and Anil Diggikar, Chairman, JNPT and other senior officials also were present.

Fadnavis said, “The Wardha Dry port will be a milestone in the development of the Vidharba region. Logistics will now become the biggest business in India and Nagpur, that is centrally located, will become the logistics hub. At one end is a port like JNPT that handles the largest number of container traffic, on the other a logistics centre like Nagpur and joining both will be Maharashtra government’s ‘Samrudhhi’ corridor which will also give rise to a new opportunity at Wardha dry port. This will be in a way an economic corridor which has the Nagpur cargo hub, Wardha dry port, the dry port which is being developed at Jalna and JNPT’s port and will prove to be extremely beneficial for Maharashtra, especially Vidharba and Marathwada.”

The dry port is proposed to be constructed over an area of 350 acres in a phase wise development. The phase-I is expected to be developed at an estimated cost of Rs180 crore (including private investment of Rs 79 crore). Phase-I would involve development of around 25 hectare of the total area.

The project would be a one-stop shop for the EXIM-based industries, with facilities such as customs clearance facilities, Container Freight Station, Warehousing Space, Cold Storage, Liquid Storage, truck terminals etc.