Maharashtra’s Ambitious Plan: Five Logistics Hubs along Pune ring road to boost agriculture and manufacturing

The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) have revealed its plan of setting up at least five logistics hubs along the 172km Pune ring road.

Radheshyam Mopalwar, Managing Director, MSRDC on Thursday said, “Since the Pune ring road connects eight national highways/expressways, the MSRDC is keen on setting up at least five logistics hubs along the stretch.”

These hubs will be spread across the state and would benefit both the agriculture and manufacturing sector in a big way.

Most highways across the nation have multi-modal logistics parks in hub and spoke model. They help in lowering overall freight cost by cutting warehousing cost, reducing vehicular pollution and congestion, improving tracking and traceability of consignments through infrastructural, procedural and information technology interventions.

As per Mopalwar, both the multi-modal corridor (connecting Virar to Alibaug) and the Pune ring road are going to open new geographies for development in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and the Pune Metropolitan Region, helping decongest the current urban sprawl.

18 locations on Samruddhi Mahamarg have already been notified by MSRDC for logistics hubs/ townships/ krishi samruddhi kendras. On the same lines, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has notified nine townships across the multi-modal corridor. The Pune ring road will follow the same model, he said.

Leader of the Opposition Ajit Pawar, last week suggested setting up of hubs housing wholesale markets for decongesting the old city areas. A similar suggestion was made by the Federation of Trade Associations of Pune (FTAP), the umbrella body of various traders’ associations in the city, when they approached the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority three years ago, requesting the Authority to provide around 1,000 acres of land on lease to shift 34 wholesale and semi-wholesale markets from the congested city areas to the outskirts.

The demand for land has found support from the Pune Plywood Dealers Association, Pune Transport Association, Pune Automobile Dealers Association, Used Car Dealers Association, Brass and Copper Merchant Association and Stainless Steel Merchant Association, among others.

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