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Multimodal Logistics Park

Multimodal Logistics Park:

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has been awarded the project to build India’s first multimodal logistics park (MMLP) in Chennai.

  • To set up the country’s first MMLP, the Centre and Tamil Nadu government have come together to form a special purpose vehicle (SPV), which is amongst National Highways Logistics Management, Rail Vikas Nigam, Chennai Port Authority and Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation.
  • The estimated project cost is ₹1,424 crore and the total concession period is 45 years.
  • The project would likely be monitored by the highest levels of the government, as it falls under the high-priority list of projects inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under the Centre’s project monitoring system.
  • These parks will also facilitate intermodal transportation – roads, railways, and inland waterways, with the aim of strengthening and diversifying the logistics system.
  • MMPLs will play a crucial role in reducing logistics costs.
  • India’s logistics cost as a percentage of GDP is very high at 16 per cent, while in developed countries such as the US and Europe, it is around 8 per cent.
  • China’s logistics costs are 10 per cent.
  • The government wants to bring down the logistics cost to 10 per cent of GDP.