Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Raosaheb Patil Danve has announced, “The Central Railside Wareouse Company (CRWC) is in talks with the Railways for constructing railside warehouse at Gandhidham in Gujarat, Bhiwandi Road in Maharashtra, Pahleja in Bihar, New Guwahati in Assam and Yashwantpur in Karnataka.” The estimated average cost of construction of each warehouse is approximately Rs. 15 crore.
The Minister said that there are four projects where work is yet to start. He said that for two sites at Gandhidham and Guwahati, approval for the proposed layout plans is awaited from the Railways. The other two sites at Malda and Cochin have been refused by the Railways due to their other requirements. Alternate sites have not been identified.
There is no corrective action to be taken, as work can be started only after sites are identified and the layout plans are approved by the Railways.
Around 20-30% of total food grain harvest is wasted in India due to inadequate storage capacity, regional imbalance in warehouses, lack of adequate scientific storage and inefficient logistic management.
There is an urgent need to develop a strong warehousing system equipped with modern and scientific storage facilities. About 70 percent of warehousing space is owned by government agencies.