Gadkari lays foundation stone of India’s first Multi-modal Logistic Park
State Times NewsNEW DELHI: Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of India’s first Multi-modal Logistic Park at Jogighopa in Assam today. 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. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal presided over the virtual function.Union Ministers 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 were present on the occasion.An MoU was signed between NHIDCL and Ashoka paper mills, Govt of Assam on the occasion for sharing of land and logistics in Jogighopa.Speaking on the occasion, 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. Shri 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.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, custom 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. Feasibility reports are 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.Dr Jitendra Singh, Union DoNER Minister said that India’s first multi-modal logistics park in Assam is yet another reiteration of Northeast emerging as a role model in every sphere of development and this unique project will attract and inspire people from other states to replicate the same elsewhere. He said, due to several unique and innovative mega projects, the NE Region has emerged as a new model of development for the entire country under the bold, visionary and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.Dr. Jitendra Singh lauded the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari for sanctioning and completing several major infrastructure projects in the Northeast Region in the last 6 years. He said that more than 10 Inland Waterways (from Brahmaputra to Bay of Bengal) are being developed which will reduce the transportation cost of goods by one-fourth. He said, this cost effective mode of transport will be a cheaper option for trade, business and transportation and will boost the trade across the borders especially with our eastern neighbours by leaps and bounds.Dr Jitendra Singh said, since 2014 when Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi came to power, massive steps were taken to bring the North Eastern Region at par with the other regions of the country. The Minister said after six years of all-round development in the N-E region, he can say with confidence that the journey of “Sankalp se Siddhi” is on the right path. He also referred to the inauguration of Dhola-Sadiya bridge over the River Brahmaputra in Assam by the Prime Minister in 2017, which is named after the legendary singer Dr Bhupen Hazarika and added that the bridge has enhanced connectivity and greatly reduced travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.Referring to a great network of Highways and Roads in the North Eastern Region in the last six Years, Dr. Jitendra Singh said Gadkari has also addressed the problems of dilapidated and orphaned roads through Special Road Development Schemes.
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