CONCOR’s Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) at Visakhapatnam

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Container Freight Station in the Old Town area of Visakhapatnam. Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar

VISAKHAPATNAM: Multi-modal logistics (MMLP) park being developed near Visakhapatnam International Airport by Container Corporation of India (Concor) with an investment of Rs.370 crore will be ready for commercial operations in two years at Viman Nagar opposite the Vizag Airport on Friday.

First phase of the project to be ready for operation by April

 The first phase of the project developed in an area of 10 acres out of 98 acres acquired from Visakhapatnam Port Trust is ready for operation by April.

Warehousing facility with 50,000-square feet of bonded area is getting ready. VPT has allotted 98-acre on a 30-year lease extendable with mutual consent. As it is a marshy area, lot of filling is required. The first phase is being completed at a cost of Rs.16 crore (excluding land cost).

It will be a customs notified area. It is well-connected by road. Rail siding work will be taken up shortly for which in-principle nod is obtained from the Ministry of Railways.

East Coast Railway has been asked to prepare the detailed project report.

At present, CONCOR is handling 2,000 containers for export and import and 1,000 domestic containers a month.

Once the multi-modal logistic park is completed, it will handle 10,000 containers with facility to scale up to 20,000 containers.

The Container Freight Station at Guntur was revived last year.

It will be upgraded with an investment of Rs.16 crore to handle cotton seeds, granite, pulses, marble, white cement and China clay. CONCOR was contemplating setting up a logistics park similar to the Visakhapatnam at Krishnapatnam port.

While the entire project will be spread across 100 acres, the first phase inaugurated for now will cover an area of 10 acres that will cater to exports, imports, warehousing, public bonded warehouse and reefer cargo handling facility among others. Concor sources said that the facility is important and a critical infrastructure project for catering to exports and imports.

 A Concor official said that exporters, importers, custom house agents, freight forwarders, EXIM cargo consolidators and transporters will be the major beneficiaries of the MMLP. The official also said that once the entire 100-acre project is completed, the facility will be able to handle 4 lakh TEU’s (Twenty Equivalent Units) of cargo.
“The existing facility in the Old Town Area is being shifted to Viman Nagar in order to avoid congestion and render better services to trade. The entire facility will be operational by 2016 March,”.
Officials also pointed out that multiple railway sidings are being built by the railways in order to handle an increase in cargo volumes. Furthermore, the facility will offer logistical solutions to trade for neighbouring states such as Chhattisgarh and Odisha apart from Andhra Pradesh.

Source: The Hindu

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