Jogighopa in Assam will be the first international multimodal logistics hub in India, and as per reports it is going to be ready in the next couple of months. The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari said yesterday that it will be “a game-changer for the Northeast”, considering that it will be able to leverage the benefits of the inland waterways terminal at Brahmaputra river, the Rupsi Airport and the national highway network. The logistics park is being developed as part of the ambitious Bharatmala Paryojana.
“We are making roads worth INR 3 lakh crore in the Northeast. This infrastructure is going to be very useful for accelerating the socio-economic transformation of the area. We are changing the parameters… and I feel it is going to be a game-changer which will develop the Northeast,”Nitin Gadkari
Spread over 300 acres, the Multimodal Logistics Park at Jogighopa near the, under development, Inland Waterways Terminal will see a capital outlay of INR 764 crore. Strategically located 154 km to the west of Guwahati, it can connect to Bhutan in the north and Bangladesh in the south through road and waterways, too.
Facilities like warehouses, railway siding, cold storage, customs clearance house, yard facility, workshops, petrol pumps, truck parking, administrative building, boarding lodging, food joints, water treatment plant, etc. will make it an attractive investment for the users. As per sources, Jogighopa will be connected to Guwahati with a 4 lane road , and to the Inland Waterways Terminal with a 3 km long rail line. Another road will connect it to the state’s newly developed Rupsi Airport near Dhubri.
Apart from the logistics hub, another 260 proposals are being carried out for ropeways, cable cars, and funicular railways, costing Rs 1,30,000 crore. Moreover, the contribution of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has been instrumental. With the ongoing and upcoming infrastructure creation, the projects are going to generate a significant amount of employments opportunities too. This will ultimately lead to the overall economic development of the North-East.
Additionally, among the 26 ‘roads as airstrips’ projects in India, where emergency landing of aircraft will be possible, many are located in the Northeast.