Foreign players evince interest in logistics hub: Mhaisekar

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Nov 2017 10:15:25


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The geographical advantage of Nagpur could be exploited to make it a major centre for new supply chain initiatives. Post GST, many countries have shown interest in investing logistic parks, supply chain parks and warehousing at Nagpur. “Delegates from countries like South Korea, Singapore and Switzerland have already visited Nagpur and will be coming back for further discussions to finalise proposals,” said Dr Deepak Mhaisekar, Metropolitan Commissioner, Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) in his key note address.

He was speaking at an interactive session on ‘Supply Chain Initiatives – Warehousing and Distribution at Nagpur’ at the Global Nagpur Summit 2017, recently organised by Nagpur First. Mhaisekar said, NMRDA is developing two logistic parks on Amravati Road and Bhandara Road on 60:40 sharing module of 20 square kilometre. For these two projects NMRDA is seeking inputs from users and stakeholders for the development of logistics zone design.
NMRDA will also develop six residential schemes. It has planned to construct 4,000 houses with all basic infrastructure for the low income group. He also talked about the hyperloop project to link Mumbai and Nagpur. For this a feasibility study will be coming out soon.

K Sathianathan, MD of DLI said, Nagpur is an ideal location for setting up logistic hub due to its favourable location. An ecosystem on logistics needs to be created. The logistic hubs should be planned talking into consideration the future expansion of about 50 years. It should be self sustainable with various service providers. Warehousing should also be located near the logistic hubs to bring down the transaction cost.

He said that logistic parks should be created on 500 square kilometres instead of 20 square kilometres looking at growth and future expansion of Nagpur.
Sunil Gupta, Head of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, Nagpur, Viren Thakkar, Owner, Logistics Park (I) Pvt Ltd, Vishal Barnabas, DGM Operations, Mahindra Logistics Ltd and Anjaney Bhutada, Director, Go4Fresh gave presentations about their companies.

The moderator of the session Shiv Kumar Rao, founder of , R&Y Logistics Pvt Ltd said that NMRDA should develop the area of 20 sq kms selected on Amaravati Road out of its own funds and then offer fully developed sites to logistics players. “This will give confidence to the investors. CIDCO and MIDC have been following this model successfully,” he pointed out.

Metro Commissioner has shown his willingness to take inputs from users and stakeholders for the development of logistics zone design. “I have taken the responsibility to form a group and meet him,” he said.
Post GST, parcel size of cargo will increase and is likely to move by rail. Therefore, logistics zone in south of Nagpur is necessary to create warehousing zones, he added.