Chennai’s Multimodal Logistics Park Construction Kicks Off in June After Years of Delays

A multimodal logistics park at Mappedu near Chennai, conceptualized 12 years ago, is set to commence construction in June as Reliance Industries takes charge, multiple sources confirm. In 2022, Reliance Industries outbid the Adani Group to secure the Rs 1,424 crore project, spanning 184.27 acres in Tiruvallur district.

The park aims to offer efficient, cost-effective logistics services, including cargo aggregation and disaggregation, distribution, intermodal transfer, sorting, packing, and repacking. Initial delays were caused by limited private sector interest, mainly due to connectivity concerns.

In 2022, the central government awarded the contract to Reliance, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying the foundation stone on May 26, 2022. Construction faced further delays due to issues such as road access to local villages, which have now been resolved. Construction is set to begin in June, sources report.

In October 2021, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation, National Highways Logistics Management Limited, and the Chennai Port Trust.

Located 52 km from Chennai Port, 80 km from Ennore Port, and 87 km from Kattupalli Port, the park is poised to become a logistics hub in the southern region, projected to handle approximately 7.17 million metric tons of cargo over 45 years.

A pre-feasibility report indicates that the project will also support secondary market clusters in Ranipet, Ambur, Tirupur, and Bengaluru, which host industries such as leather, heavy machinery, automobiles, cement, sugar, and chemicals.

The park’s proximity to the automobile and electronics manufacturing clusters on the Sriperumbudur-Oragadam industrial belt and the Chennai Peripheral Ring Road adds strategic value. However, its success hinges on establishing rail connectivity from Mappedu to the ports, as sources emphasize.

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