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JNPT gets yet another freight corridor this time with industrial towns in central India

As part of the grandiose plan to provide excellent rail connectivity between JNPT and industrial centers in Central India, the BJP ruled states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and the Central government have come together and implement a yet another freight corridor between the Port and Manmad a distance of 362 kilometers. Work on the Rs fifty thousand crore freight corridor between JNPT and Delhi is nearing completion.

Once this railway corridor is completed the cargo meant for Central India from Far East and China would not think of going to East Coast ports. The railway project is expected to bring in economic benefit to the tune of Rs ten thousand crores in the next ten years. The ports in the east coast are completely deprived of railway connectivity. None of these ports have a dedicated freight corridor to the hinterland.

An MoU will be signed tomorrow between JNPT- Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Railways, Govt of Maharashtra and Govt of Madhya Pradesh for implementation of 362 km Indore- Manmad New Railway Line Project. The project will reduce the distance from Mumbai/Pune to key central India locations by 171 kilometers.

   The project passes through the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor nodes Igatpuri, Nashik and Sinnar; Pune and Khed; and Dhule and Nardana. 

              The project is estimated to result in cumulative net economic benefits of Rs 15,000 crore in the first ten years of operations. Its Logistics advantages include providing a shorter route for passenger as well as the freight traffic originating from / terminating or  crossing through the region. The project will reduce the logistics cost for the cargo centres located in Northern India such as Lucknow, Agra, Gwalior and Kanpur belt as well as Indore Dhule Bhopal region to the gateway ports JNPT and Mumbai. It will be an alternate route to the existing central and western railway lines and will reduce congestion on the over utilized existing railway network. In addition, it will help in employment generation, reduction in pollution, fuel consumption and vehicle operating costs.

              The Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited (IPRCL) carried out the  feasibility, traffic and bankability for the project.   Railway Board approved the implementation of the project through IPRCL on Joint Venture  SPV model. The proposed SPV would be in the form of a Joint Venture Company between Ministry of Shipping or its nominated PSUs/Entity including JNPT (which will be the main promoter), Government of Maharashtra or its nominated PSUs/Entity, Government of Madhya Pradesh or its nominated PSUs/Entity, and others. The equity participation would be in the ratio as under:  

Project Stakeholders

Equity Share

MoS or its nominated PSUs/Entity including JNPT, which will be the main promoter.


GoM or its nominated PSUs/Entity


GoMP or its nominated PSUs/Entity


Others (IPRCL, SDC etc.)


Ministry of Railway: The SPV will enter into concession agreement with the MoR Ministry of Railways (All Statutory approvals) will pay Historical cost of land post concession to the SPV


The Cost and Financial indicators of the project are as under;

Financial indicators


Total Project Cost

Rs.8574.79 Crores

Pre-tax Project IRR


Post Tax Project Financial IRR


Equity IRR


Economic IRR



The project will be constructed within six years.

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