Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MoRTH) announced on Tuesday evening that the Madhya Pradesh capital city, Indore, will receive its own Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) in the coming years. Of the three phases, the developer, GR Infraprojects Limited, is targeting completing the first phase by 2025. The park will be built over 255.17 acres near Pithampur in Dhar district.
The site is near apparel and pharma cluster in Pithampur industrial area, and adjacent to Indore Tihi- Dahod rail line and the upcoming Mhow ring road. It will be 30 kilometres from the city and Indore Airport. The project cost is estimated to be ₹1,110.58 crores.
The MMLP will be built as a public-private partnership in a Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer (DBFOT) mode. The developer, GR Infraprojects, will develop and operate the park for a concession period of 45 years, incurring an approximate cost of ₹758.10 crores. The park will serve 12.79 million metric ton cargo over 45 years and boost the industrial zones in Ujjain, Dhar, Khandwa, Pithampur, Dewas, and Barwani.
A government-owned Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) is being formed between National Highways Logistics Management Limited (NHI-ML), Madhya Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation (MPIDC), and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) to provide land for the MMLP, external road and rail connectivity, and water and electricity supply. The MMLP will have four-lane access from Mhow-Neemach state highway and a 6.5-kilometre-long rail siding from Sagore Railway station. The MoRTH, in partnership with other line ministries and state governments, is building MMLPs at 35 strategic locations across India as part of the Logistics Efficiency Enhancement Programme study (LEEP) under the Bharatmala Pariyojana.