Reducing Logistics Cost: Haryana Government To Set Up Two Multi-Modal Logistics Parks In Palwal, One In Ambala

Amit Mishra

Jun 30, 2023, 12:03 PM | Updated 12:33 PM IST

Development of MMLPs Under Bharatmala Pariyojana.(Representative image).
Development of MMLPs Under Bharatmala Pariyojana.(Representative image).

The Haryana state government is in the process of identifying two suitable land parcels in Palwal district and one in Ambala district to set up three multi-modal logistics parks (MMLPs) under the national corridors’ efficiency improvement component of Bharatmala Pariyojana.

This was communicated by chief secretary Sanjeev Kaushal, who was chairing a review meeting on the progress of the MMLPs in the state.

"This initiative will significantly enhance the logistics capabilities of the state, driving economic growth and attracting investments. We commend the government's efforts in establishing a robust infrastructure network to support the logistics industry," said the chief secretary.

Kaushal directed officers to expedite the process while engaging in discussions with Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR) to finalise the project.

Three MMLPs In Haryana

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has identified 35 strategic locations across the country for the development of Multi-Modal Logistics Parks as part of the national corridors' efficiency improvement component under the Bharatmala Pariyojana,

The identified locations are some of the highest freight movement regions in the country and a MMLP in these locations will enhance logistics efficiency across the country.

This is targeted to reduce logistics costs to 8-9 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP). Currently, logistics account for 14 per cent of GDP — making India far less competitive on the global stage.

In line with this initiative, the National Highway Logistics Management Limited (NHLML), a 100 per cent owned special purpose vehicle (SPV) of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), has been entrusted with the task of developing MMLPs at these 35 locations, including three in Haryana.

The foundation stone of the country's first MMLP at Jogighopa in Assam was laid in October 2020 and is slated to be completed by December 2023.

Reducing Freight Cost

The primary objective of these MMLPs is to facilitate seamless inter-modal freight movement by integrating various modes of transportation.

The MMLPs, equipped with inter-modal facilities for freight handling, warehouses, cold storages, and custom bonded area, will provide a one-stop solution and reduce transportation costs, inventory handling costs and substantially resolve inefficiencies present in the logistics ecosystem.

The MMLPs will offer state-of-the-art storage and warehousing solutions, along with value-added services such as custom clearances and IT services, to cater to the diverse needs of logistics stakeholders.

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