Railways looking to set up eight logistic parks

New Delhi, Sept 29 | Updated: Sep 30 2006, 05:30am hrs
The railway ministry is looking at setting up logistics parks as part of the freight corridor project, which will be built on the Chinese model of multi-modal transport parks.

The ministry is looking to set up these parks at a distance of 400 km on the freight corridor. Given the fact that both the corridors would together be of about 3,000 km in length, the ministry has decided to set up eight parks initially.

The parks will be connected to the freight corridor and will also have container-warehousing facilities. This will ensure that containers can be brought from coasts and then be transported easily through the freight corridor network.

Rail Bhawan sources indicated that airlinks to the parks might also be possible at a later date.

The parks may be constructed in special economic zones, if the state so wishes. Alternatively, manufacturing zones might be developed within the park itself, sources said.

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Parks to be built on the Chinese model of multi-modal transport parks
They will be connected to freight corridor and have container-warehousing facilities
They May be set up in special economic zones, if the state concerned so wishes

Any estimate of cost has not been done for these parks yet. The ministry is waiting to finalise locations for such parks.

An official said railways had written to various state governments on the matter. So far, Punjab and West Bengal had evinced interest in the project, he added.

The parks will be developed on lands acquired by the railways. They will however be constructed through public-private partnership. These parks will be a result of a joint effort of the soon-to-be-started special purpose vehicle for the freight corridor, the state and the private developer.