The government of India is developing infrastructure for faster movement of goods, providing people the opportunity to come up with facilities that can help trade, Union Minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said while addressing an event organized by the Nashik District Transporters’ Association (NDTA).
The union minister while highlighting the central location of Nashik, connecting Kashmir and Kanyakumari, said that with the developments of cold storages, silos, and logistical parks, Nashik should emerge as the logistics capital.
“The Surat-Chennai greenfield corridor is passing through Nashik. It will eliminate the need for vehicles to travel through the congested parts of Mumbai. With the Nagpur – Mumbai Expressway also passing through the district, Nashik has become an interesting place for the development of logistics. If the transport association here takes the lead, Nashik can become the logistics capital,” said Gadkari.
Gadkari points out that cold storage and silo systems for food storage are a must in Nashik, and the sector requires public-private participation.
“Bhiwandi in Thane district is a logistical hub. The one in Nashik can serve the purpose of not only transporting industrial goods to the southern and northern states but also agricultural and pharma products,” said Gadkari.
Nashik’s central location will help reduce fuel costs and transportation time, with the two major expressways being available for the faster movement of freight. This will ensure that agricultural produce reaches the markets in good shape.
The government was focusing on reducing logistics costs from the current 16% to below 9%, the Union minister reiterated.