Gadkari lays foundation stone of India’s first multimodal logistics park in Assam

Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi (NVI): Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari today laid the foundation stone for India’s first multi-modal logistic park at Jogighopa in Assam.

The multi-modal logistics park will be constructed with a cost of Rs 694 crore and it will provide direct connectivity to air, road, rail and waterways to the people. It will be developed under the ambitious Bharatmala Pariyojana of the government. the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways said in a statement.

Speaking at the virtual event, Nitin Gadkari said that his ministry envisages developing 35 multi-modal logistic parks (MMLPs) in the country, of which work on preparing DPR and feasibility report is underway.

He said, SPVs will be formed for all these MMLPs, and professionally qualified CEOs will be appointed for each separately. The first such MMLP is being made by NHIDCL in Jogighopa of Assam, which will be connected to road, rail, air and waterways. This is being developed in 317-acre land along the Brahmaputra.

Gadkari also informed that the first phase of construction is scheduled to be completed by 2023, which is worth Rs 280 crore and have already been awarded, including Rs 171 crore for road construction, Rs 87 crore for erecting the structure, and Rs 23 crore for rail lines.

The minister also expressed hope that this project will provide direct or indirect employment to nearly 20 lakh youth in the state.

Gadkari further added that the MMLPs will have all the facilities like, warehouse, railway siding, cold storage, custom clearance house, yard facility, workshops, petrol pumps, truck parking, administrative building, boarding lodging, eating joints, water treatment plant, etc.

The Minister also informed that the initial report and master plan is ready for the 346 acre MMLP with JNPT in Wardha Dry port area of Nagpur.

A feasibility report is being prepared for the Bangalore MMLP, Sangrur warehouse complex in Punjab, Surat, Mumbai, Indore, Patna, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, and Coimbatore. DPR is being made for MMLP near Chennai port, and studies have begun for MMLP in Pune and Ludhiana.

Other 22 MMLPs are proposed in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Kandla, Vadodara, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jullundur, Bhatinda, Hissar, Ambala, Kota, Jaipur, Jagatsinghpur, Sundarnagar. Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Nashik, Panaji, Bhopal, Raipur, and Jammu, he said.

During the event, Union Minister Jitendra Singh lauded Gadkari and said his innovation and mega projects that the North East has emerged as a model of development in the country.

The virtual event was presided over by the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, and was attended by Union Ministers of State Jitendra Singh, Gen (Retd) V K Singh and Rameshwar Teli, Ministers from the Assam State, Members of Parliaments, MLAs and senior officers from the Centre and the State.

-RJV