The South Asia’s premier courier and integrated air express distribution company is setting up a state-of-the-art Transit Hub Facility for its Ground Express Project in the city
By Rohinikant Matey
From being the starting point of all roads to the country, Nagpur is now turning into the terminating point, albeit for logistics industry in India. After Air Deccan announced its ambitious plans to make the city as their international hub for cargo operations, another logistics major is well on its way to the city. Blue Dart Express Ltd, South Asia’s premier courier and integrated air express distribution company in its 25th Silver Jubilee Year is setting up a state-of-the-art Transit Hub Facility for their Ground Express Project in the city. While Air Deccan Cargo Express Ltd. will be setting up its base at MIHAN on Wardha Road. Blue Dart is planning its own facility at a prominent place on Amaravati Road.
Disclosing this to The Hitavada, Balfour Manuel, Vice President (West 1), Blue Dart Express Ltd., said, “This logistic hub is coming up on the Nagpur-Amravati Road and will be a huge 37000 square feet warehouse which will be providing transit facilities to all the four corners spread across the country.” Manuel said that Nagpur being centrally located at the very heart of the country, it has the all-important Zero Mile Stone giving the exact measure of distances to various cities across the country. It ideally stands connected to the four corners of the country with a gamut of air, rail & road transportation that explains why Nagpur has caught the attention of entrepreneurs of all shapes and sizes.
Even smaller nearby districts like Chandrapur, Yavatmal, and Akola have all started experiencing industrialisation and are expected to grow rapidly, opined Manuel. “Nagpur is being touted as the future hub for trade and logistics in India. Blue Dart will help the region achieve the tag,” said Ketan Kulkarni, Head, (Marketing, Corporate Communications & Sustainability). Kulkarni further said that sensing the rapid growth of Nagpur region and its proximity, the company has decided to expand its operations into it. Also to maintain its leadership position in the logistics business, it was decided to have this facility at Nagpur in order to cater to their expanding customer base across the country. Kulkarni said that Nagpur will be the next IT hub of India. Investments from India’s big business houses have already started pouring into this region, he said. Boeing setting up its MRO Facility at MIHAN will envisage huge business opportunities and growth in the logistics business, he said.
Kulkarni said that the MIHAN project which is coming up at a rapid pace in Nagpur will also supplement their ground express project.
BLUE Dart is the country’s only express service provider with a dedicated fleet of seven freighters (two Boeing 757s and four Boeing 737s). These freighters offer capacity and volumes not available with any other carrier in the domestic air space.
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