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The first lot of Multimodal Logistics parks to go on stream in 2 years

The Multi Modal Logistics Parks under construction at Nagpur, Chennai and Bengaluru are expected to be commissioned in the next two years according to official sources.


The park coming up at Mappedu in North Chennai will serve as many as three major ports including Chennai, Kamarajar and Katupalli the private port owned by the Adanis. Four container terminals operate here with a turnover of nearly five million TEUs a year.


Another Multi Modal logistics park conceived by the Chennai port at Jolarpet has been shot down as the Southern railway declined part with the necessary land for the project demanding higher compensation. The project has since been scaled down to that of a goods shed.


The project pioneered by former Chennai port chairman P Raveendran would have made a big dent into the current practice of evacuation by road nearly 90 per cent of the containers in Chennai port. Under this proposed project containers coming from Bengaluru, Coimbatore belt including Tirupur will be handled by the customs and other enforcement agencies at Jolarpet park and sent to Chennai port’s container terminals by freight trains to be loaded into the ships. The Exim Industry in Chennai is keen on restoration of the project. The official reason given for giving up the project is that another MMLP is coming up Mappedu near Chennai.


Under the second phase, locations for setting up the MMLPs are Udaipur (Tripura), Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Siliguri (West Bengal), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Bikaner (Rajasthan), Dighi (Maharashtra), Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), and Bidkin (Maharashtra)


The government has identified eleven locations across the country to set up Multi Modal Logistics parks under the second phase of the Bharat Mala Parijojana scheme. This would take the total number parks coming up in the country to 53.

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