Nagpur, October 23
: “The city of Nagpur is a place of zero mile and is in the heart of the country. Therefore, the city has the full potential of becoming a logistics capital and the journey towards setting up a multi-modal logistics park (MMLP) at Wardha's Dryport has started,” said Union Road Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari, in Nagpur. He spoke at occasion of signing of a memorandum of understanding / MoU between National Highways Authority and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust / JNPT, to set up multi-modal logistics park at Dryport in Wardha's Sindhi.
Through multi-model park, export opportunities worldwide will be made available from the Sindhi (Railway) Dry Port of Wardha. Gadkari expected that the park would provide employment opportunities to 50,000 people in next 5 years. For this project, the National Highways Authority has established National Highway Logistics Management Limited / NHLML, a Special Purpose Vehicle-S.P.V. and soon JNPT will start working with this S.P.V.
Gadkari said that the multi-modal logistic logistic park would be connected to railway and Samruddhi highway and also the Nagpur-Hyderabad National Highway. It would have a facility of cold storage containers, enabling perishable fruits, vegetables to last longer and farm produce and other goods could be exported at affordable logistic cost. He suggested that all associations in Vidarbha like Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Laghu Udyog Bharti and Vidarbha Industries Association come together, hold a seminar on the issue to take advantage of this export facility.
The dry port will provide excellent export opportunities for saltwater and freshwater fish production in East Vidarbha. Mihan has cargo facility for lightweight cargo, and Sindhi Railway has a facility of a cargo hub for heavy logistics. It will now be possible to transport oranges to countries like Bangladesh through dry port of Wardha and it will benefit orange producing districts of Vidarbha namely Varud, Morshi and Katol.