Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said that the upcoming Multi-modal Logistics Park (MMLP) at Jogihopa will generate 20 lakh direct and indirect employment once completed.
The minister expressed his belief while laying the foundation stone of the INR 694 crore facility under Bharatmala Project at Jogighopa in Bongaigaon district through virtual means.
Once completed, the MMLP project would generate around 20 lakh direct and indirect employment. To be implemented with a cost of INR 1171 crore in two phases, the project is proposed to be completed by 2023.
He also appreciated and took cognisance of the role of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal towards the realisation of the project and urged him to review implementation of NHIDCL every month for maintaining quality and timely completion of the project.
The MMLP Jogighopa is primed to bolster economic growth and trade competitiveness of the country through a truly integrated, seamless, efficient, reliable and cost-effective logistics network. It is aimed to improve the logistics efficiency and facilitate the Domestic and Export-Import trade in the region. The state government has transferred 200acres of land belonging to Ashok Paper Mill for the project.
The Union Minister also informed that his ministry has allocated around 80,000 crore for roads infrastructure development in Assam and informed that construction of INR 5000 crore Dhubri-Phulbari Bridge would start in next 2-3 months. He further said that the road from Guwahati to Jogighopa would also be upgraded to four lane.
In addition to this,he said that his ministry took steps for dredging of Brahmaputra and Barak rivers to boost trade from the region.
The Union Minister also informed that the proposal for construction of Brahmaputra Express Highway is still under consideration and the bridge connecting Nimatighat in Jorhat with Majuli would be finalized shortly.
In his speech, Sonowal said that with the coming up of the Multi Modal Logistics Park, people of the region will find new hope.
Inspired by the Prime Minister, the Assam government organised global investors summit in 2018 and as a result investment worth INR 79000 crore was received, Sonowal said. The central government invested around INR 42000 crore alone in the Petroleum sector in Assam.
“Historically, Assam used to have a very vibrant trade activity with the neighbouring countries through roadways, railways and riverine waterways. But following independence and partition, these links got disrupted. However, the Act East Policy has potentially transposed Assam from the periphery of the country to being the centre-stage of India’s growing relations with ASEAN neighbours. Now protocol agreement has been signed with Bangladesh and vessels from North East can travel to Chittagong and Mongla ports of Bangladesh and our link with the sea has been reconnected.”~Chandra Mohan Patowary,Industries and Commerce Minister , Assam
The Multi Modal Logistics Park is expected to revive trade links of erstwhile river port of Dhubri connecting it upto Chittagong port of Bangladesh and significantly boost domestic and international trade, expressed the Chief minister.