Nagpur, October 3: After visiting South Korea and Singapore, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for Wardha dry port in Sindi in Wardha district.The dry port at Sindi is being developed by the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). Dry port, also called inland port or multi-modal logistics centre, is an inland terminal connected to a seaport by rail or road.
On the occasion Fadnavis said, “At one end is a port like JNPT (in Mumbai) which handles the highest container traffic in the country, on the other end the logistics centre of Nagpur, and joining the two will be the Maharashtra government’s Samrudhhi Corridor (Nagpur-Mumbai expressway) which will generate opportunities at the Wardha dry port,” Fadnavis said.
Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari said, “A container arriving in Mumbai can be transported to the Sindi dry port directly by rail, which will help traders save the money they spend on road transport. It will also enhance export capabilities of the region,” the union minister for road transport, highways and shipping said. Dry ports will also have cold storages and pre-cooling plants which would be beneficial for local farmers, Gadkari said. “One of our primary objectives in setting up this facility was to provide employment to local youth,” he noted.