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Hyderabad to be logistics hub of India: KTR

The city’s dreams of emerging as a logistics hub seem to be inching closer to reality, with the first of the nearly dozen logistics parks planned in the city by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) all set to get off the ground.

With a 300-acre multi-modal integrated logistics park in Shamshabad and 12 others to come up soon around the city, Hyderabad is poised to become the logistics hub of the country.

Industries Minister KT Rama Rao, laid the foundation for two of these parks on October 4, at Batasingaram and Mangalpalli on the city outskirts on Friday, said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao instructed officials to prepare plans for a 300-acre multi-modal integrated logistics park in Shamshabad. This would have integrated air, rail and road connectivity.

Ten more logistics parks would be constructed around Hyderabad to facilitate smooth transportation of goods, besides generating employment. Together, these would make Hyderabad the logistics hub of the country and a gateway to South India, he said.

The parks at Batasingaram and Mangalpalli are being developed under public-private partnership with an investment of Rs 60 crore. With parking space for 750 trucks, fuel stations, cold storages and warehouses, these parks will minimise entry of heavy vehicles into the city, reducing pollution.

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Locations of the proposed parks will be announced post Cabinet approval, Rao said, adding that impressed with the Telangana government’s policies, industries were looking towards the State for investment. e-Commerce companies such as Amazon and Flipkart already established their fulfillment centres here.

Officials said that logistic parks will be one-stop facility for freight operators, third-par ty logistic service providers, cargo firms, truck drivers, warehousing and parking facilities keeping in view the rising demand for freight logistics and have been proposed in areas close to Outer Ring Road (ORR), especially for vehicles coming from other states. Currently , there are no dedicated logistics park for freight services providers in the city and there is only one makeshift logistics park at Kukatpally on HMDA land.

Works on the Kandlakoya Junction on Outer Ring Road will be completed in a month, thus finishing the completing 159-km of the Ring Road project, he said.

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