Chennai: Tamilnadu will get its first multi-modal logistics park at Mappedu in Tiruvallur district near the automobile and electronic manufacturing clusters of Sriperumbudur and Oragadam.
The mega project will be executed at a cost of Rs 1,200 crore on 158 acres of land owned by the Chennai Port Trust.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up the multi-modal logistics park, spread over 158 acres at Mappedu in Tiruvallur was signed between the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO), National Highways Logistics Management Limited (NHLML) and the Chennai Port Trust (CPT) in Chennai on Tuesday.
While the MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister M K Stalin at the Secretariat, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways V K Singh participated from Delhi through virtual mode.
To be set up close to Chennai Peripheral Ring Road, the MMLP would connect the airport and the Chennai, Kamarajar and Kattupalli ports and would house state-of-the-art facilities for logistics.
Stalin said the park would lead to new employment opportunities for about 10,000 youth. Also, he urged the Union government to set up MMLPs in Coimbatore and Thoothukudi and promised cooperation from the Tamilnadu government in this regard. He also requested the Centre to ensure the participation of the railways in the MMLP in Tiruvallur.
Describing the event as ‘an important day in the history of Tamilnadu’s industries department’, the Chief Minister said the MMLP will be established with public and private participation in collaboration with the Tamilnadu Investment Development Corporation, National Highways Logistics Management Limited and Chennai Port Trust.
‘It is the first such park in Tamil Nadu and it will be situated at an important location in close proximity to Sriperumbudur, Pillaipakkam and Oragadam where several industries are existing,’ Stalin said.
It will be close to the CPRR (Chennai Peripheral Ring Road), Chennai airport and sea ports and would have numerous facilities including freight terminal with rail and road links, storage facility, besides machinery to handle cargo.
Pointing out that the Chennai-Bengaluru Expressway, which is being laid by the National Highways Authority of India, is to end at Irungattukottai, near Sriperumbudur, Stalin urged the Centre to extend it till the Chennai airport.