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Multi-modal logistics policy on the anvil in AP: Minister Mekapati Gowtam Reddy


In a bid to make the goods and transportation sector grow seamlessly without any hiccups, the government of Andhra Pradesh is contemplating bringing a suitable policy. Towards this end, Minister of Industry, Commerce and IT Mekapati Gowtam Reddy tweeted on Friday that the government was working out on a multi-modal logistics policy.

The main objective of the policy is to make Andhra Pradesh a favourite destination in activities and services. All the requisite hand-holding will be provided by the state government in providing land and other facilities at Krishnapatnam, Bhavanapadu, Ramayapatnam, Gangavaram, Machilipatnam and Visakhapatnam ports.

Presently, Andhra Pradesh handles about 170 million tonnes of cargo capacity and its share in the national exports was 4 percent and now it intends to increase it to 10 percent. The captains of the Industries, entrepreneurs and investors could come with necessary proposals to set up their units in Andhra Pradesh. They can also reach the government through, Mr. Reddy added.

Another most important aspect the government has identified is the scarcity of godowns and containers for the transportation of goods. So, steps were being taken to develop and establish logistics parks. The spike in scarcity had arisen as the Union government had imposed restrictions on imports and exports from China.

The demand for the containers is moving up as 40000 containers were necessary for next five years. Stating further, Mr. Reddy said that to manufacture a container it will take a minimum of 15 days and the cost ranges between Rs. 5 lakhs to Rs. 50 lakhs depending upon quality and requirements.

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