In the first phase under Hub & Spoke model, FCI constructed Silos of 34.875 LMT Capacity
Food Corporation of India (FCI) has planned to construct 111.125 Lakh Metric Tonnes (LMT) modern steel silos at 249 locations spread across 12 states under the Hub & Spoke model under Public Private Partnership with a total investment of approx. 9236 crores. These silos would be constructed in three phases over the next 3-4 years.
In the first phase of the Hub & Spoke model, silos of 34.875 LMT capacity at 80 locations would be constructed by FCI. Out of this, 10.125 LMT at 14 locations would be under DBFOT mode and 24.75 LMT at 66 locations under DBFOO mode. The tender under DBFOO mode is due to be opened on 31.10.2022 whereas the tender for DBFOT mode already been has opened on 10.08.2022 & one project was awarded to a developer and for other projects, the process is underway. These modern Silos with bulk handling facilities are a scientific way of storage of foodgrains and ensuring better preservation of foodgrains.
In the already awarded and ongoing Silo Projects, a capacity of 17.75 LMT at 31 locations (Including Circuit Model) has been completed/put to use and 15.50 LMT at 31 locations are under various stages of implementation.
The proposed model of development is DBFOT (Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer) and DBFOO (Design, Build, Finance, Own and Operate) wherein the private entities shall be responsible for the construction and operation of these modern Silos for a pre-defined period. Through this Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode of DBFOT, the land is to be provided by FCI while under the DBFOO mode, the land is to be acquired by private entities.
These Silos at 80 locations shall be spread across 9 states and 1 UT i.e. Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal and Jammu & Kashmir and are expected to be built with an investment of more than Rs. 2,800 crores. These projects are conceived in consultation with state governments, Niti Aayog, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Steel.
These modern Silos near farms would act as purchase centres (mandies) and are expected to reduce the distance for farmers and further reduce operational difficulties and complexities. Mechanized operations make silos operational round the clock and also reduce turn-around time for intake and off-take of agri-produce and would improve overall efficiency. Further, these modern steel silos require approximately 1/3rd of land as compared to conventional storage warehouses.
Disclaimer : This is an official press release by PIB.