Nagpur: Speaking as the chief guest, in lieu of Gadkari, at the VED conference on Nagpur as an emerging Logistics Centre, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur said that Nagpur youth were struggling to find jobs and rising unemployment concerned everyone in power.
“Right from Modiji to our CM Fadnavis, Nitinji… everyone is thinking about this issue and how to tackle it” he averred. “Out of all the people that come to meet any of us, 99% are concerned with getting jobs, only one or two percent have any other issues with which they need help.”
Bawankule hoped that creation of Logistics park and such projects will create jobs for city youth.
“Whatever we do, that is the ultimate goal…employ people” he asserted.
To that end he hoped that Nagpurians who have land and the wherewithal will come forward and invest in setting up logistics parks around MIHAN and along other highways.
“If you have the land and some ideas, begin making the blueprint, do not worry about getting cheap and undisturbed power, and other permissions etc. I am there to help you, we all are there, very accessible to anyone who wants to meet.
So just remove fear and apprehensions from your mind, begin work!” Bawankule exhorted the large audience among much cheering and clapping of hands.
The Guardian Minister, who is also state’s Power Minister, disclosed that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis would give a ‘Diwali gift’ by way of a new Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority plan for the city.
The largely attended conference held at Hotel Le Meridian was held in the presence of Ashish Deshmukh, MLA from Katol, Devendra Parekh, President VED, Shivkumar Rao, V.P. VED and many city business people and industrialists.
The Speakers who spoke on various aspects of setting up a Logistics park were K Sathianathan, MD, Distribution Logistics Infrastructure, Sambit Satpathy, Business Head, Cold Chain Rivigo, Dr. Deepak Mhaisekar, Chairman NIT, Nitin Jirafe, Plant Head, John Deere and Co, Virendra Thakkar, Director, Logistics Parks, India, Mahavir Jain, Architect and Pratham Pincha, Partner CRUIPA.
A special Speaker was Karan Chugh, Director, Amazon Logistics, USA who was roped in since he was in the city on a holiday.
He threw light on how e commerce is fast replacing traditional methods of shopping and the support portals like Amazon would require by way of logistics.