Logistics (comprising air, sea and land transport) market in India is valued at around
US$320 billion per year, growing annually at over 5%. With the world getting smaller
and with markets getting liberalized, the demand for movement of merchandise,
goods and services and for the wide range of activities in the logistics sector is
steadily rising. Infrastructure facilities need urgent attention to exploit cheaper costs
to emerge as a strong regional logistics hub.
Various state Governments are recognizing the value of integrated logistics to domestic companies in improving their profit performance. Domestic Firms have also recognized that in utilizing logistics to create value, they will improve their international competitiveness.
Optimal integration of different transport modes enables an efficient and costeffective
use of the transport system. In order to accelerate the development of
efficient multi-modal transport and logistics operations, governments in a number of
states are working with the private sector on capacity building in multi-modal
transport operation, management and operation of container terminals, and increased
road haulage and multi axle freight vehicles in the transportation of containers
between Inland Container Depots (ICDs) and inland destinations/origins.
Traditionally, the city of Raipur has been described as “an agricultural-processing and
saw-milling town” and now serves as a regional hub for trade and commerce for a
variety of local agricultural and forest products. Located at virtually the heart of the
country, the city has strategic advantages vis-à-vis traffic flow within the country and
efficient logistics management. It is in this context that a Logistics Park is envisaged
in the new capital region of Raipur, where land has been earmarked for this purpose.
This new capital city being developed by the Government of Chhattisgargh (GoC) –
Naya Raipur – has been identified as the ideal location for the proposed Logistics
Park. One of the first tasks taken up by the government of the newly formed
Chhattisgarh state was to develop a planned new capital city. Thus, it formed the
Capital Area Development Authority (CADA) and conceptualized the creation of the
Naya Raipur city.
Naya Raipur is being developed being as a modern, state-of-the-art capital city that
will provide attractive infrastructure, residential and socio-cultural facilities to its
inhabitants. The new capital city is being developed adjacent to Raipur city and is
close to the National Highway Nos 6 and 43, covering an area of 7900 hectares. Its
close proximity to Raipur’s Mana airport, now proposed to be upgraded to an
international airport, is also seen as a key advantage.
The Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) has been designated as the
Planning and Development Authority for the proposed Naya Raipur. NRDA is
undertaking a comprehensive program for the area and infrastructure development in
the proposed Naya Raipur city of Chhattisgarh. One of the first and most important
projects being undertaken by NRDA is a Logistics Park. While being a passenger
distribution center, this proposed integrated multi-modal transport hub will be a
massive and important meeting point for locals, visitors and those who just pass by
the new capital city of Chhattisgarh. The Logistics Park will have some commercial
supporting facilities like ticketing offices as well as offices of the transport agents and
NRDA has entered into a strategic partnership with IL&FS Infrastructure
Development Corporation Ltd. (IIDC) to develop the bankable projects capable of
attracting interest of private investors in the state of Chhattisgarh. The proposed IT
Park is one of the primary projects being developed by IIDC for NRDA.
- Project Location
As a part of the new development plan, land use zones have been earmarked for the
Naya Raipur Area. An area of 176 Hectares has been demarcated for the proposed
Logistics Park, located on the northern part of the new capital city.
Along with a new railway station, the Logistics Park is proposed to be located along
the existing Visakhapatnam-Raipur-Kolkata main railway line located on the northern
part of the new capital city. This hub will also house the terminus of the electric bus
system as well as the future LRT station. It is also proposed that the regional long
distance bus terminal be located at this hub as well. This site is at a distance of only
30 km approx. from Raipur.
Towards the central eastern periphery of Naya Raipur, NRDA is coming up with a
huge ‘Capital Complex’ which will house many State Government offices. With the
establishment of government offices, residential facilities, educational complexes, IT
Park, Convention Center etc. the entire area is expected to turn into an ultra-modern
city. In such a scenario, importance of Logistics Hub is even more enhanced not only
as a point of transit but also as a focal point to serve the new city.