In order to prevent large-scale wastage of government procured tur dal and other agricultural commodities, the Maharashtra government has started the process of identifying warehouses spread across various departments and institutions, which would be taken over and managed by a nodal agency.
It will leverage the existing State government and cooperative societies facilities for the storage and create a pan-Maharashtra warehouse grid. The Maharashtra State Warehousing Corporation (MSWC), which is jointly controlled by the Maharashtra government and Central Warehousing Corporation, has been identified as the nodal body for the creating the additional warehousing capacity.
Chairman and Managing Director of MSWC Suhas Diwase told BusinessLine that the process of identifying warehouses, which are held by bodies and departments such as Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board, Maharashtra State Cotton Growers Marketing Federation, PWD and Transport Department, cooperative sugar mills and other institutions, is under way. The warehouse facilities will be checked for scientific storage of grains and other commodities. All such facilities will be geotagged on the GIS platform of MSWC, he said.
MSWC already has its own 1,200 warehouses with a combined capacity of holding 17 lakh tonnes of goods. By the end the current year, another 70,000 tonnes capacity will be added.
A government resolution issued by the Cooperative, Marketing and Textile Department said that the capacity creation is being made under Atal Mahapanan Vikas Abhiyan, which is the flagship programme of the department. In the last two years it has been observed that the agriculture goods procured by the Centre and State government in Maharashtra did not have adequate storage space, therefore a warehouse grid needs to be created.
The departments, which have spare capacity have been asked to share the details about their warehouse to the MSWC by October 31. The warehouses would be checked for scientific storage by MSWC and after that, a MoU would be inked. The designated departments will get rent or revenue share form MSWC for their warehouse space.