Orissa is gearing up heavily to emerge as a pit stop for all logistics solutions such as transportation, inventory management and warehousing material handling. In order to kick-start proceedings in this matter, the state government has even zeroed in on six potential locations as hubs for logistics facilities. These include Rourkela, Paradeep, Kalinganagar, Jharsuguda, Angul and Dhamara.
Sampath Kannan, senior executive at Shaans Cargo Pvt Ltd, a Vishakhapatnam based small-sized shipping agency said in this context, “Orissa is quite strategically located in order to become a logistics hub and putting a little more into implementation and execution of plans, the state has the potential to emerge a big player.”
The logistics parks that would be set up across the state would boast of facilities such as warehouses, distribution centres, storage areas, offices, truck services, parking lots, truck terminals, container rail terminal, container handling facilities, cold storages, distribution centres, air cargo points, lorries, maintenance points, service stations, hospitals and restaurants and such forth. Additionally, these parks would be equipped with weighbridges, telecommunication facilities, banks, health awareness units and recreation centres.
Logistics parks, the future of logistics
According to Ajay Mittal, CMD of Arshiya International Ltd, India’s foremost logistics and warehousing company, “FTWZs are necessary logistics infrastructure that can facilitate EXIM trade in the country. Being comprehensive infrastructure they can improve India’s container volumes and enabling importers-exporters efficiently and cost-effectively carry warehousing, trading and value addition activities.”
Orissa intends to develop its logistics parks on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis and they would be served via roads, inland waterways and air ways.
To ensure that the logistics parks are developed on a priority basis, the chief secretary B K Patnaik has urged the commerce and transport department to expedite the process of land identification and short listing of investors, besides stressing on engaging a transaction advisor for the purpose.
Priyanka Roy Chowdhury