During a review meeting on June 8, MoRTH secretary Anurag Jain said the government is planning to develop a multi-modal logistics park (MMLP) near Pithampur, Indore, in Sagor village of Dhar district. He announced that the park will cover an area of 255 acres and will be developed at a cost of over INR 900 crore. Indore is known as the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh due to its rich ecosystem, fertile soil and highly skilled workforce.
PM Gati Shakti’s National Master Plan aims to create an efficient, multi-modal and sustainable supply chain ecosystem in India that is in line with global standards. The upcoming MMLP will be based on the principles of the NMP.
Jain said the MMLP is to be built by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) built through a partnership between National Highways Logistics Management Limited (NHMNL), Madhya Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation (MPIDC) and Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. is operated. (RVNL). NHMNL has already deposited INR 177 to MPIDC to purchase the land for the project and RVNL will commission a 6km railway line to provide rail access to the MMLP.
The MMLP is managed by GR Infraprojects Ltd. developed and construction is expected to begin in September. The site is strategically located close to the Pithampur industrial zone, the city’s garment and pharmaceutical cluster and is adjacent to the Indore Tihi-Dahod railway line and the proposed Mhow ring road, 30 km from Indore Airport and Indore city. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs. 1110.58 crore.
The development of the MMLP is planned in three phases and the completion of phase I is planned to take two years, ie until 2025, when commercial operation begins. It will carry around 12.79 million tons of cargo over a horizon period of 45 years and will provide tremendous boost to the industrial areas in the catchment area such as Indore, Ujjain, Dewas, Dhar, Pithampur, Khandwa and Barwani. It will create numerous employment opportunities and promote economic development in the region.
Jain also highlighted the progress of the Delhi-Mumbai expressway during the review meeting. He said completion is expected in December 2024, making it the longest expressway in India and one of the fastest-built expressways in the world. It will connect Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra and reduce the travel time from Delhi to Mumbai from 24 hours to 12 hours.
The eight-lane greenfield access-controlled expressway, which can be expanded to 12 lanes, will also connect 93 PM Gati Shakti economic hubs, 13 ports, 8 major airports and 8 multimodal logistics parks, as well as junctions to new future greenfield airports such as Jewar Airport, Navi Mumbai Airport and JNPT Port.