A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between National Highways Logistics Management Limited and JNPT for the development of Multi Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) at Jalna in Maharashtra in the presence of Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and Union Minister for Ports, Shipping, and Waterways Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal. Union Minister General V.K. Singh, Union Minister and Jalna M.P. Raosaheb Patil Danve, Union Minister Dr. Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad, Maharashtra State Ministers Abdul Sattar, Uday Samant, and Sandipan Bhumare, and MPs were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari stated that Jalna MMLP will serve as a functional dry port for the region, and that steel and allied industries based on scrap, fruit and vegetable processing units, seed industries, and the cotton sector will benefit greatly from this development. He stated that it would link Samruddhi Marg and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridors. As stated by the Minister, this infrastructure will boost agricultural exports and transform Jalna into the Marathwada region’s automobile hub.
Gadkari stated that the government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the development of 35 Multi-Modal Logistics Parks (MMLPs) under the Bharatmala Pariyojana with the goal of centralising freight consolidation and reducing logistics costs from 14per cent to less than 10per cent of GDP, in line with international standards. He stated that the initiative would provide MMLPs with a platform for seamless freight modal shift. He stated that the MoRTH team is always on the lookout for sustainable modes of transportation such as roads, rail, water, and air connectivity.
Speaking on the occasion, Sarbanada Sonowal stated that the Multi-Modal Logistics Park in Jalna, Maharashtra, will greatly benefit farmers as well as EXIM trade.Under the aspirational PM GatiShakti and National Logistics Policy, he stated that it will boost the logistics sector and bring economic growth.The Minister stated that it will clearly benefit farmers by allowing them to take their goods to the international market at a lower cost, thereby enabling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmer income to be realised.