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Boosting Maharashtra’s industrial growth,focus on logistics and power supply : CII

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MUMBAI : CII Vice President R Mukundan emphasized the need for improved logistics infrastructure and cost-effective power supply to foster industrial growth in Maharashtra. Mukundan highlighted the significance of last-mile connectivity and reducing power costs. CII Marathwada Zone, Chaired by Mr. Sunil Kirdak, aims to address these challenges alongside enhancing export facilities and local industry concerns.

Mr. Mukundan pointed out that making the western region more competitive in terms of power supply costs is vital, adding, “There is a need to reduce the cost of power, and although progress has been made, there is still room for improvement.”

Last-mile connectivity is important for every industry to run their business smoothly. Improvement in logistics in terms of national and state highways should take place to keep investments coming. Where industry is less, we need more connectivity there,” he told reporters.

Efforts should be made to make the western region more competitive in terms of power supply and cost of power. There is a need to reduce the cost of power, he added.

These two issues have been addressed well but there is a scope of improvement, Mukundan noted.

On prospects of exports, he said, “If we need to export from here, we have to increase the number of airports and port facilities also,to boost exports”.

CII Western Region Deputy Chairman Mr. Rishi Kumar Bagla noted that some airlines are interested in running international flights from regional airports, while local issues are being addressed through regular meetings with the police, as noted by Mr. Sunil Kirdak. Talking about the local issues, Sunil Kirdak said, “We have met the police commissioner here and have put forth some issues. The police have acted on it and regular meetings are expected to happen.”

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