A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and National Highways Logistics Management Ltd (NHLML) for a multi-modal logistics park at Sindhi in the Wardha district of Maharashtra on Friday. The Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said during the event that 35 Multi-Modal Logistics Parks were to be set up in the country as part of the Bharatmala Project, 4 of which were being planned in Maharashtra, most likely at Jalna, Nasik, Solapur and Sangli.
Wardha district in Nagpur, Maharashtra is centrally located and the MMLP at Sindhi is an effort towards manifesting it as the logistics capital of the country. This will eventually be fruitful for the export and import businesses in the area, as Nagpur is a prime location and well connected through rail and road networks, while also it also provides an edge to develop industries, warehouses and linkages to ports.
MoUs were also signed for developing MMLPs in Chennai and Sindhi-Wardha. The total cost of the MMLP at Sindhi-Wardha is proposed to be ~780 crores and will be developed on a 345.54 acres project site. While the MMLP will be constructed on 230 acres of the proposed land, the remaining 115.54 acres of land will be used for industrial development (based on demand).
The MMLP is estimated to handle around 10 million tonnes of cargo by 2051 and will comprise of facilities like warehouses, cold-storages, inter-modal transfers, handling facilities at container terminals, bulk/break-bulk cargo terminals, etc.
The development of MMLPs across the nation is part of the Government’s initiatives to reduce the overall freight and warehousing costs and cut down the vehicular pollution and congestion. They are to be implemented by MoRTH under the PPP design.