Hyderabad to have more logistics parks, bus terminals

After launching work on logistic parks at Mangalpally and Bata Singaram, the  Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) is now planning to develop more logistics parks and bus terminals in the State capital in public-private partnership. To this effect, the HMDA has identified sites at Miyapur, Pedda Amberpet, Shamshabad, Shamirpet, Patancheru and Manoharabad. These are tentative locations identified by the HMDA and they could be modified or new locations could be added in the future. The HMDA is also roping in private consultants to conduct a detailed study and submit a report on the feasibility of the projects, besides extending support for executing the projects.

The idea is to develop the logistics and transportation infrastructure in the HMDA limits. Already, works are under way at the two logistics parks in Mangalpally and Bata Singaram but keeping the future requirements, plans are being made to develop more logistics parks and bus terminals, a senior HMDA official said.Quite a few multinationals like Amazon have set up their fulfillment centres in Hyderabad considering the geographical advantage the city offers for transporting goods to both south and north India. To develop more logistics parks and bus ports, the HMDA wants to identify a project development and transaction advisory consultant to study the project viability and bankability, he said. All this should be done in private-partnership mode without any financial implications on the HMDA. The consultant will have to study geographical parameters, identify suitable sites, and suggest if the projects should be taken up on lease, revenue-sharing, rent or other means, he added.

“Based on the consultants’ reports, the HMDA will shortlist the locations,” the official said. Meanwhile, efforts are being made to complete the works on Mangalpally and Bata Singaram logistics parks by December 2018 and March 2019 respectively, officials said.Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao had laid the foundation stone for these parks on May 1 last year. While the Batasingaram Park is coming up on 40 acres abutting the NH-65, the one at Mangalpally is being taken up on 22 acres on Sagar Road. Both the parks will have huge parking space for trucks, besides a host of facilities. The objective is to ensure that heavy trucks do not enter the city and impact regular traffic.