Andhra Pradesh to set up 2 logistics parks under PPP mode

Minister for Industries Mekapati Goutham Reddy holds a review with senior officials at the Secretariat on Tuesday
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Minister for Industries Mekapati Goutham Reddy holds a review with senior officials at the Secretariat on Tuesday

Highlights

  • IT and IT Minister Goutham Reddy says multi-modal logistics parks will come up in around 100 acre at Krishnapatnam and Kakinada ports
  • Efforts are on to construct the parks through public-private partnership on APIIC lands
  • Industries department is also mulling building of truck parking bays in five acres land parcels near State highways and national highways

Amaravati: Industries and IT minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy on Tuesday said two multi-modal logistics parks will be set up in the state.

The logistics parks are expected to come up in about 100 acres of land near Krishnapatnam and Kakinada ports.

The industries department is looking at PPP route to build the parks in Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) lands.

Goutham Reddy reviewed the progress on Tuesday along with senior officials at the Secretariat and stated that a special logistics policy will be issued for the year 2021 soon.

The minister said the government is currently working on the logistics policy, taking into consideration the policies of Singapore-like countries.

"On the lines of ease of doing business, we will work out ease of doing logistics," he noted.

As part of creating an authority at the Central level, the minister said orders have already been given to make the chief secretary as the chairman for SLCC.

He noted that for logistics to thrive, freight carriers are crucial for minor and major ports, cold storages and warehouses.

Similarly, the department is also considering building truck parking bays in five acres of land parcels near state highways and national highways.

These parking bays are expected to be equipped with refuelling stations, parking slots, dhabas (F&B outlets) and drivers resting rooms.

Meanwhile, industries department director informed the major problems being faced by businessmen and manufacturers.

Likewise, there were also proposals to set up an integrated command control centre.

The industries ministry is also working towards raising the capacity of goods transportation from the ports, including raising it to 70 per cent from 50 per cent by 2026 at non-major ports. Goutham Reddy enquired about the progress made on the plans to set up the petroleum complex with officials who returned from Delhi recently.

Considering the recent shuffling of ministers at the Centre, he is expected to visit Delhi again to meet them.

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