Improved connectivity will boost trade and employment
MUMBAI: Wardha Dry Port being developed by Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust will generate direct employment to about 1,000 persons. This was shared by Shri Neeraj Bansal, IRS, Chairman in-Charge, JNPT at the recently concluded Annual Global Nagpur Summit held in Nagpur.
The summit was organised by ‘Nagpur First’, a non-profit organisation with the aim to facilitate Nagpur -a global city by 2020.
Presenting the blueprint of Wardha Dry Port which is coming up at Sindi station near Wardha, Mr Bansal said that the port will be developed in three phases and tenders for the first phase of the work will be floated soon. The dry port will be spread over 346 acres when fully developed will connect to the hinterland and offer huge relief in transporting domestic cargo.
Explaining the rationale for selecting Wardha, Mr Bansal explained that Wardha enjoys excellent connectivity both land and air and the proposed dry port will assist many industries located around Wardha and Vidarbha region. Proximity to Nagpur, which being at zero mile of India will provide seamless connectivity to North-South and East-West and would also develop as logistics hub for domestic cargo distribution. This will connect many parts of the Country and facilitate faster movement of goods, Mr Bansal added. Many industries like steel, food products, units located in the special economic zone and agriculture and food processing sectors too will benefit after the development of the dry port.
JNPT is developing Wardha dry port in Vidarbha region and at Jalna in Marathwada region to facilitate Export-Import trade and improve the connectivity with JNPT from hinterlands.