India’s first Multi-Modal logistics Park in Assam
Assam to get India’s first Multi-Modal Logistics Park:
It was on October 20, 2020, that Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari had set the ball rolling for India’s first international Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) to be built at a place called Jogighopa situated in Lower Assam’s Bongaigaon district, at an investment of Rs. 3,000 crore under the Bharatmala Project. The site is located about 150 km off Guwahati and is being developed on a 317-acre area of land by the river Brahmaputra.
It is aimed at improving logistics efficiency and facilitates domestic and export-import trade both within and outside the region. This shall also help promote economic growth and enhance India’s trade competitiveness through an integrated, seamless, efficient, reliable, and cost-effective logistics network, besides offering multi-modal connectivity by means of rail, road, and waterways to the North-eastern states of India and beyond.
The principal components of the Project are:
- Development of a Multi-Modal Logistics Park over 190 acres of land at the Ashok Paper Mill site;
- Developing a network of external roads and establishing railway connectivity to and from the MMLP and between the MMLP and the Inland Water Terminal (IWT). This includes doubling of the New Bongaigaon-Goalpara-Guwahati railway line, and up-gradation of the Jogighopa river port of the Brahmaputra as an all-weather river port, and facilitating a seamless interchange between the three modes of transportation.
- Developing 40 acres of land of the IWT.
- A 3-km railway line to connect Jogighopa station to the multimodal park, another 3-km railway link which will connect it to the IWT, and the road to the newly developed Rupsi Airport in Dhubri and Kokrajhar districts of Assam will be upgraded to a four-lane road for easier connectivity.
To be completed by 2023 :
Gadkari said the project would generate around 20 lakh direct and indirect jobs. The multi-modal logistics parks would be built in two phases and would be completed by 2023.
The road transport and highways ministry has planned to develop 35 MMLPs with the aim to improve the transport of freight and provide integrated storage and warehousing support.