Govt proposes Logistic Parks at six industrial hubs

Bhubaneswar: The state government has initiated steps for developing Logistic Parks in different parts of the state. This has been decided at a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary B K Patnaik. As per preliminary estimates, each unit will require about 50-150 acres of land with approximate investment of Rs 150 crore to Rs 500 crore, depending on the size and inclusiveness of services, he said.

The facilities would add to transportation, inventory, ware housing material handling and clearance. "It has been proposed to set up this infrastructure in six major industrial hubs of the state namely Rourkela, Paradeep, Kalinganagar, Jharsuguda, Angul and Dhamara," a senior official said.

The Collectors of Angul, Bhadrakh, Jajpur and Jharsuguda have been asked to specify the land for development of such parks. The official said a professional agency has been engaged for development of model design within a week. The Logistic Parks will provide facilities like warehouses, distribution centres, storage areas, offices, truck services, parking lots and truck terminals.

Container rail terminal, container handling facilities, cold storages, distribution centres, air cargo points, hospitals, restaurants and banks, health awareness units and recreation centres will also be a part of the parks. The proposed centre would have round the clock power back up and latest security techniques with a facilitating & sleek administrative set up. The centers would be served by roads, railways, inland water ways and air ways.

It has been decided that such units will be developed in Public Private Partnership mode, the chief secretary said. He asked the commerce transport department to promote mechanized loading in rails and ships so as to avoid trucks waiting for long hours for loading and unloading.

The proposed logistic parks would have workshops for repair and maintenance of vehicles. The department has been asked to expedite the process of land identification and short listing of investors for the purpose. A transaction advisor will be engaged for the purpose, Patnaik said adding that he has asked for preparation of a Model Plan Design of the Project mentioning the technical and administrative details.