Source: News Bharati English06 Apr 2017 11:10:54
Mumbai, April 6: Maharashtra is on the verge of transforming into a new form where development is at pace. On Wednesday Ministry for Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Badal approved 101 eligible integrated cold chain proposals out of 308 proposals received and appraised. In them, Ministry approved 20 cold chain proposals out of 101 from Maharashtra.In order to push the food storage capacity, Maharashtra aims to step ahead as much of this multi-purpose cold storage capacity is located in the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took to twitter for expressing gratitude towards the Ministry for Food Processing Industries. CM Fadnavis thanked Harsimrat Badal for approving 20 cold chain proposals out of 101.
Further, Government has approved taking up 100 new Integrated Cold Chain Projects in 2016-17 for financial assistance. Accordingly, revised operational guidelines for the scheme for Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure for taking up 100 new cold chain projects in 2016-17 have been issued on 29.08.2016. Based on the revised operational guidelines an Expression of Interest was issued on 31.08.2016 inviting applications/proposals from prospective entrepreneurs for taking up 100 new integrated cold chain projects. Total 308 integrated cold chain proposals from all over the country have been received against the Expression of Interest.
What is a Cold chain Project?
A cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain. An unbroken cold chain is an uninterrupted series of refrigerated production, storage and distribution activities, along with associated equipment and logistics, which maintain the desired low-temperature range. It is used to preserve and to extend and ensure the shelf life of products, such as fresh agricultural produce, seafood, frozen food, photographic film, chemicals, and pharmaceutical drugs. Such products, during transport and when in transient storage, are called cool cargo. Unlike other goods or merchandise, cold chain goods are perishable and always en route towards end use or destination, even when held temporarily in cold stores and hence commonly referred to as cargo during its entire logistics cycle. (Wiki)
Operationalization of 135 cold chain projects envisages the creation of cold chain capacity of 5.01 lakh MT of Cold Storage/Controlled Atmosphere/Deep Freezer, 116.40 MT/Hr of Individual Quick Freeze, 52.65 lakh LitrePer Day of Milk Processing/Storage and 766 nos. of Reefer Vehicles. Out of this, Ministry has so far created a capacity of 3.70 lakh metric tonnes of cold storage, 95.04 metric tonnes per hour of Individual Quick Freezing, 37.96 lakh litres per day of Milk processing/ storage and 552 reefer vans.