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New Delhi : Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari on October 20, 2020, laid the foundation stone for country’s first Multi-modal Logistic Park at Jogighopa in Assam.
The Rs 693.97 crore park will provide direct air, road, rail, and waterways connectivity to the people. It will be developed under the ambitious Bharatmala Pariyojana of the Government of India. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal presided over the virtual function, which was attended by Union Ministers of State Dr Jitendra Singh, Gen (Retd) Dr V K Singh, and Rameshwar Teli; Ministers from the Assam State, Members of Parliaments, MLAs, and senior officers from the Centre and the State.
Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari said that his Ministry envisages developing 35 Multi-modal Logistic Parks (MMLPs) in the country and work on preparing DPR and feasibility report is underway. He said that the 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 in Assam, which will be connected to road, rail, air and waterways. This is being developed on 317-acre land along the Brahmaputra.
Gadkari said the first phase of construction is scheduled to be completed by 2023. He informed that works worth Rs 280 crore 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 work will begin next month, he said. The Minister expressed hope that this project will provide direct or indirect employment to nearly 20 lakh youth in the State, according to a PIB release.
The Minister added that the distance of 154 km between Jogighopa and Guwahati will be covered by making a 4-lane road on this stretch, a 3-km rail line will connect Jogighopa station to the MMLP, another 3-km rail link will connect it to the IWT, and the road to newly developed Rupsi airport will be upgraded to 4-lanes for easier connectivity. He said the MMLP will have all the facilities like, warehouse, railway siding, cold storage, customs clearance house, yard facility, workshops, petrol pumps, truck parking, administrative building, boarding lodging, eating joints, water treatment plant, etc.
Gadkari informed that the initial report and master plan is ready for the 346 acre MMLP with JNPT in Wardha Dry port area of Nagpur, Maharashtra. Feasibility reports are being prepared for the Bangalore MMLP, Sangrur warehouse complex in Punjab, Surat, Mumbai, Indore, Patna, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, and Coimbatore.
He said 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.