The officials of the Kanpur Development Authority as well as other city departments held a meeting on Thursday in the city to discuss logistics plans for developing Lucknow and Kanpur as twin cities. The meeting was chaired by KDA Vice-Chairman Arvind Kumar with the agenda to develop city logistics and overall development plan keeping in mind the year 2030.
The Indian government, after realising the potential of a robust logistics network in overall economic growth, had identified 175 ‘logistics smart’ cities to enhance urban freight efficiency and reduce logistics costs in an effort to recognise the need for managing movement of goods to improve the city freight traffic. Lucknow and Kanpur are a part of this initiative among other cities of Uttar Pradesh like Agra, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Ghaziabad and Meerut.
The officials stated that the city had a very low air traffic, therefore, Chakeri Airport should be developed and equipped with a cargo facility, ensuring smooth transportation of goods. It was also suggested to develop roads in between Gole Chauraha to Rama Devi, and Bithoor to Ganga Barrage. To control city traffic, Jhakarkatti bus station and Chunniganj bus station should also be shifted outside the city and bus stands be developed in all four directions.
Railway officials apprised that the cargo hub of Panki was being considered to shift to Bheemsen therefore this could be included in the city logistics plan. Metro representatives apprised that the Rajpur city railway track situated inside of the city had been converted into a green corridor and that could be studied by the officials.
There are also plans to develop mini hubs on the peripheries of both the cities like those in Gurgaon and Hyderabad.