Nashik has the potential to become the logistics capital, says Nitin Gadkari

Noting Nashik’s central location on the Kashmir-Kanyakumari link route, the Union Minister of Roads and Highways said that Nashik should become the logistics capital with the development of cold storage warehouses, silos and logistics parks.

Speaking at an event organized by the Nashik District Transporters’ Association (NDTA), Gadkari said the government is developing infrastructure to move goods faster and this offers people the opportunity to develop facilities that support trade.

“The Surat-Chennai greenfield corridor runs through Nashik. It will eliminate the need for vehicles to drive through the congested parts of Mumbai. With the Nagpur – Mumbai Expressway also passing through the district, Nashik has become an interesting place for logistics development. If the transport association takes the lead here, Nashik can become the logistics capital,” said Gadkari.

Gadkari said cold storage and silo systems for food storage in Nashik need to be developed and public-private involvement in the sector is needed.

“Bhiwandi in Thane District is a logistical hub. The one in Nashik can be used to transport not only industrial goods to southern and northern states, but also agricultural and pharmaceutical products,” Gadkari said.

Nashik’s central location will help reduce fuel costs and transportation time as the two major expressways are available for faster freight transportation. This ensures that agricultural products reach the markets in good condition.

The Union minister reiterated that the government is focused on reducing logistics costs from the current 16% to under 9%.

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