Union Minister for Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu said that Goa will be developed as logistics hub of the country.
Speaking after launching Startup Policy, Schemes and Startup portal of IT Department of Goa Government at Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) in the city last week, he said,”We are making a policy wherein cargo will also be driving the economy of India. India will be five trillion economy in the next seven years time, (imagine) how much raw material will be needed, how much finished goods will be produced. They will have to reach the market so to make goods move from one place to another 40 per cent of the GDP will come from global trade together- exports and imports. How are we going to handle this?. So we need logistics and cargo. So we want to make cargo as the main driver of the economy.”
“As a minister for commerce and industry, Prime minister has asked me now to look at logistics. This is the first time that the logistics has been created as part of the system. I have already asked the Special Secretary in my ministry to visit Goa and make a concrete plan for logistic hub in Goa. Government of India and Government of Goa put together must work hand in hand to leverage the advantage each state has got,” he said.
Stating that Goa was a very unique place which had very good rail connectivity, road connectivity and had ports, he said, “We are getting new airport (at Mopa) and Dabolim Airport is getting 500-600 crore investment and getting revamped. We will make all the measures to work that happen,” he said.
“Mumbai is almost 600 km from Goa. There are four coastal states– Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala and Goa– on west coast. I am not even calculating the hinterland. After Mumbai, the biggest airport is going to come up in Goa which will have capacity to handle 30 million tourists once it is commissioned. We want to make sure that while we do this why not we also handle cargo,” he added.