Another MMLP to be set up at Pithampur, Indore under the PM Gati Shakti gambit

During a review meeting on 8th June, MoRTH Secretary Anurag Jain said that the government is planning to develop a multi modal logistics park (MMLP) near Pithampur, Indore in the Sagor village of the Dhar district. He revealed that the park will be spread over 255 acres, to be developed at a cost of over INR 900 crore. Indore is known as the Commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh due to rich ecosystem, fertile soil and high-quality workforce.

The PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan is working towards creating an efficient, multi modal and sustainable supply chain ecosystem in India, which is at par with the global standards. The upcoming MMLP will take cue from the principles of the NMP.

Jain said that the MMLP is to be built through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which will operate on a partnership between the National Highways Logistics Management Limited (NHMNL), the Madhya Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation (MPIDC) and the Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RVNL). NHMNL has already deposited INR 177 to MPIDC for acquiring the land for the project, and RVNL will commission a 6 km long railway line to provide rail connectivity to the MMLP. 

The MMLP will be developed by GR Infraprojects Ltd., and construction is likely to start in September. The site is strategically located near Pithampur industrial area, the city’s apparel and pharma cluster and abutting the Indore Tihi-Dahod rail line, as well as proposed Mhow ring road, at 30 kms from Indore Airport and Indore city. The estimated total project cost is Rs 1110.58 Crore.

The development of the MMLP has been planned in three phases and target completion of Phase-I is 2 years i.e., by 2025 leading to commercial operations. It will cater to about 12.79 million MT cargo in the horizon period of 45 years and will give huge boost to the industrial zones in the catchment region such as Indore, Ujjain, Dewas, Dhar, Pithampur, Khandwa and Barwani. It will create lot of employment opportunities and bring in economic development in the region.

Jain also shed light on the progress of the Delhi-Mumbai expressway during the review meeting. He said that it is expected to be completed by December 2024, making it India’s longest expressway and one of the fastest to be built anywhere in the world. It will be connecting together Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra, and will reduce the travel time from Delhi to Mumbai from 24 hours to 12 hours.

The eight-lane access-controlled greenfield expressway, which has scope for expansion to 12 lanes, will also connect 93 PM Gati Shakti economic nodes, 13 ports, 8 major airports and 8 multi-modal logistics parks along with spurs to new upcoming greenfield airports such as Jewar Airport, Navi Mumbai Airport and JNPT port.

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