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Reliance Industries to Begin Construction on India’s First Multimodal Logistics Park Near Chennai

Reliance Industries is set to begin construction on India’s first Multimodal Logistics Park at Mappedu near Chennai in June, a project conceptualized 12 years ago. Despite initial setbacks, the project, valued at Rs 1,424 crore and spanning 184.27 acres in Tiruvallur district, is now ready to proceed, with potential to revolutionize the southern region’s logistics landscape.

Project Overview

Reliance Industries secured the bid for the Multimodal Logistics Park in 2022, surpassing the Adani Group. The park aims to deliver efficient, cost-effective logistics services including cargo aggregation, distribution, intermodal transfer, sorting, and repacking. Initial delays were due to connectivity issues and poor private sector response.

Strategic Location

The park is strategically located 52 km from Chennai Port, 80 km from Ennore Port, and 87 km from Kattupalli Port, poised to become a central logistics hub in southern India. It is estimated to handle approximately 7.17 million tonnes of cargo over 45 years, serving secondary market clusters in Ranipet, Ambur, Tirupur, and Bengaluru.

Connectivity and Industrial Impact

Key to the project’s success is ensuring rail connectivity from Mappedu to the ports. It is also situated near the Sriperumbudur-Oragadam industrial belt and the Chennai Peripheral Ring Road, close to significant automobile and electronics manufacturing clusters.

Government and Developmental Support

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in October 2021 among Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation, National Highways Logistics Management Limited, and Chennai Port Trust. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone on May 26, 2022, highlighting the project’s national significance.

Future Prospects

The Multimodal Logistics Park is expected to transform logistics services in southern India, contributing to various industries like leather, heavy machinery, automobiles, cement, sugar, and chemicals. Construction starting in June marks a significant milestone in enhancing the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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