The development of the Multi Modal Logistic Park (MMLP) in Sindi in the neighboring Wardha district signals the beginning of making Nagpur-Wardha a logistics capital of India, said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday. With the introduction of the GST to reduce logistics costs, companies are now vying to set up their depots in the heart of the country and Nagpur, which offers air, land and rail connections, is an emerging hub of the distribution network and so the future is very here rosy. MMLP in Sindi would employ approximately 25,000 people over a five year period. Gadkari had a vision for developing an industrial cluster in Sindi and asked the Maharashtra government to seize the opportunity as MMLP could offer a complete solution for exporting products when completed. Almost 125 sawmills operate in Nagpur and they should establish a cluster in Sindi and consider exporting finished products all over the world. Gadkari spoke at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between National Highway Logistics Management Limited (NHLML), a subsidiary of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) for the development of MMLP at Sindi Railway . The project runs under a public-private partnership (PPP) and the dry port offers farmers and entrepreneurs a platform to explore the world market, as all integrated facilities would be available here. Wardha’s Guardian Minister Sunil Kedar; MP Ramdas Kadam, MLA Prakash Bhoyar, Zilla Parishad President Sarita Gakhre and officials from JNPT, NHAI and NHLML were also present at the program along with Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari and lawmakers Krishna Khopde and Vikas Kumbhare. The key is reducing logistics costs, which are currently around 14-15 percent in the country, and the government is considering stabilizing them by about 10 percent, which would make exports cheaper, Gadkari said while advocating containment. Earlier, Sunil Kedar praised the way in which Gadkari had ensured that the planned projects were brought to their logical conclusion. Usually politicians talk in thin air, but not Gadkari, who is serious and ensures that the project is implemented and the region benefits from it so that its GDP can grow. Initially, Prakash Gour, CEO of NHLML, said the project has a rail and road link with the National Highway, State Highway and Samruddhi Highway. NHLML has plans for four more MMLPs in Maharashtra, which Gadkari later made clear to be in elementary school. One in Jalna is being developed by JNPT, the others are planned in Nasik, Solapur and Sangli. The person entrusted with the full-fledged development of MMLP is a Nagpurian, K Sathianathan, a leader in the country’s logistics park business. He described the project as groundbreaking and said the future for container traffic in the region was pretty bright. Sanjay Sethi, Chairman of JNPT, also spoke on the occasion
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Nitin Gadkari made several announcements on the sidelines of the main program, including one on the new Nagpur to Hyderabad expressway. He also said that NMC had been asked to investigate hydrogen separation during wastewater treatment. When this happens, it can be used as fuel. Given inquiries about rising fuel prices and the future of the logistics park, the Union minister believed it was necessary to look at other fuels that are quite cheaper, such as LNG, CNG and biofuels, and said he will be driving a hydrogen vehicle shortly prepared by Toyota. “When I talked about growing Jathropa earlier, everyone laughed and now we are criticizing rising fuel prices, he lamented, adding that there is not much that can be done to curb pollution and protect the environment,” he said.