The state of Madhya Pradesh is expected to add more inland container depots (ICDs) to strengthen its logistics infrastructure. Since container depots are mostly concentrated in the western and northern parts of the state, the new depots will be opened in the eastern and southern districts.

This was revealed by Industrial Policy and Investment Promotion Minister Rajwardhan Singh Dattigaon who said that setting up of ICDs at four cities including Satna, Katni, Jabalpur and Chhindwara to promote exports from the state was discussed in a meeting with Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal.

Dattigaon said that Madhya Pradesh is a landlocked state and there is huge distance gap between ports. Considering convenience and demand of industrialists to promote exports, the need for ICDs in the eastern and southern districts was being felt for quite long. Keeping this in view, the centre has showed interest to establish ICDs at four places.

The minister said that the existing seven ICDs in the state are established in the northern and western parts. These include Pithampur, Mandideep, Malanpur, Ratlam, Pawarkheda, Dhannad and Tihi. But there is a lack of ICDs in the eastern and southern part of the state which has a lot of export potential in the food processing and textile sectors. The establishment of ICDs in these areas will not only increase the possibilities of new exports from the state but will also expand logistics capacity.

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