Sarbananda Sonowal, the Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, and Ayush, recently checked on the development of India’s first International Multi-Modal Logistics park in Jogighopa, Assam. The minister reported that the construction of the jetty at the park is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Sonowal expressed his contentment with the progress as the road and railway connectivity are also targeted to be finished by the end of this year.
More about India’s First International Multi-modal Logistics Park
- The International Multimodal Logistics Park is India’s first such project under the ambitious Bharatmala Pariyojana initiative.
- The park is located in Jogighopa, Assam, and is being constructed by NHIDCL (The National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited).
- It will have road, rail, air, and waterway connectivity and cover 317 acres of land along the Brahmaputra River and is being built at a cost of Rs 693.97 crore.
- It helps to reduce transportation costs, and transit time, and improve supply chain management by enabling efficient movement of cargo between different modes of transportation.
- The park will include a warehouse, railway siding, cold storage, customs clearance house, yard facility, workshops, petrol pumps, truck parking, administrative building, boarding lodging, eating joints, and water treatment plant.
- To improve connectivity in the region, a 4-lane road will be built on the 154-km stretch between Jogighopa and Guwahati.
- A 3 km rail line will connect Jogighopa station to the MMLP and another 3 km rail link will connect it to the IWT.
- The road to the newly developed Rupsi airport will also be upgraded to 4 lanes for easier connectivity.
- The International Multimodal Logistics Park will have a positive impact on the Northeastern region of India, including neighboring countries like Bhutan and Bangladesh.
- The park will facilitate faster and more efficient transportation of goods, leading to improved supply chain management.
- The project is expected to create job opportunities and boost economic growth in the region.
- The success of the project depends on the cooperation of all stakeholders, and the government has called upon everyone to participate and make it a success.
- The development of such a park is usually a part of a country’s broader transportation and infrastructure development plans to facilitate trade and economic growth.
- Assam is a state in northeastern India, bordering Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, West Bengal, and Bangladesh.
- The capital of Assam is Dispur. However, the largest city in Assam is Guwahati, which is an important commercial and educational center of the state.
- It is known for its scenic beauty, wildlife, tea plantations, and rich cultural heritage.
- The Brahmaputra River, one of the largest rivers in the world, flows through the state, providing a source of livelihood for many people.
- The state has a diverse population, with various ethnic and linguistic communities living together, including the Assamese, Bodo, Karbi, Mishing, and others.
- Assam has a rich history and has been ruled by various dynasties and empires over the centuries, including the Ahom Kingdom, the Mughal Empire, and the British.
- The state has faced various challenges in recent years, including floods, ethnic tensions, and illegal immigration from Bangladesh.
- The government is working on various development projects, including infrastructure, tourism, and education, to boost the state’s economy and improve the quality of life for its residents.
- Governor – Gulab Chand Kataria (since February 2023)
- Chief Minister – Himanta Biswa Sarma (since May 2021)
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Where is the multi-modal logistics park located in India?
The International Multi-Modal Logistics Park is located in Jogighopa, Assam. The International Multimodal Logistics Park is India’s first such project under the ambitious Bharatmala Pariyojana initiative. The park is being constructed by NHIDCL (The National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited). It will have road, rail, air, and waterway connectivity and cover 317 acres of land along the Brahmaputra River and is being built at a cost of Rs 693.97 crore.
What is Assam famous for?
Assam is a state located in northeastern India, known for its natural beauty, tea plantations, and diverse wildlife. It is the largest tea-producing state in India, and its tea is famous worldwide for its unique flavor and aroma. The state is also home to several wildlife sanctuaries, including Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the endangered one-horned rhinoceros can be found. Additionally, the state is known for its rich cultural heritage, which is reflected in its music, dance, and festivals. The Brahmaputra River, which flows through the state, is a major source of water for irrigation and transportation and is an important part of Assam’s economy.