Haryana to add 40 L tonne wheat storage space by 12

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Oct 31 2010, 03:29am hrs
Haryana is gearing up to add about 40 lakh tonne of storage space for wheat by 2012. The state government has appointed Haryana State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (Hafed) as the nodal agency for getting constructed the warehouses at about 30 locations through private developers. Food Corporation of India (FCI) is overlooking the project under the Centres scheme called Private Entrepreneur Guarantee Scheme. The warehouses will be developed under the public private partnership mode and FCI will provide a ten year guarantee of hiring the godowns.

Earlier, the scheme had to be implemented by the central warehousing corporation and state warehousing corporation for FCI, but they declined to do so. Therefore, the state government appointed Hafed as the nodal agency.

Anil Malik, managing director, Hafed told FE that the tenders inviting expressions of interest (RoI) had been floated on August 21 and technical bids were opened on September 17. The response was three times the requirement. We had invited tenders for storage space of 40 lakh tonne and received response for 1.21 crore tonne of space. Around 467 parties evinced interest in developing the warehouses. At present the technical bids are being scrutinised and after that the financial bids will be called for. The rent for warehouses will also be decided in the financial bids, said Malik. Adding further, We aim to allot the work by December and by the end of 2012 there will be no wheat lying in the open in Haryana. Hafed will also be managing these warehouses and get service charges from FCI.

Besides Hafed managing the warehouses, private investors can also provide services like security and preservation of stocks. A senior FCI official told FE that tenders have been invited for both development and management of the warehouses. The official said, The technical bids are being analysed on the basis of suitability of land and title of the land. The scrutinising committee will decide upon the price bids to be invited after the net response is finalised from the gross response of 1.21 crore tonne.