PM Narendra Modi Virtually Inaugurates INR 1,06,000 Crore Railway Projects, Unveils Multi-Modal Logistics Park in Mysuru


The long-pending railway projects worth INR 1,06,000 crore, including the Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) or Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Kadakola near Thandavapura in Nanjangud taluk of Mysuru district, were virtually inaugurated today by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. 

He also launched 10 new Vande Bharat trains, including the Mysuru-Dr. MGR Central (Chennai) Vande Bharat Express, and inaugurated 50 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras at various railway stations, including Mysuru. These centers are expected to provide high-quality generic medicines, surgical equipment, and other healthcare essentials at reduced prices, making cost-effective healthcare accessible to railway passengers and the general public.

The PM launched the projects from Sabarmati in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, after he visited the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) Operation Control Centre in Ahmedabad. 

Citing that the project is a part of the government’s mission to build the nation, the Prime Minister said, “In just over two months of 2024, we have inaugurated and laid the foundation of Rs. 11 lakh crore projects.

An event was held at Kadakola this morning to mark the inauguration of the Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) or Inland Container Depot (ICD) that was attended by Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha, Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) Managing Director Shashidhar Mattad (now retired), CONCOR Mysuru Division Manager Vijay Kumar, Senior Divisional Engineer of Mysuru Division Railway Ravichandran, CONCOR Area Head Gayathri, and CONCOR Chennai Cluster Head K. Srinivas

Addressing the gathering, Prathap Simha highlighted the significance of the project, emphasizing its potential to bolster local export industries and fulfill a longstanding demand. 

“The depot has been modeled after the one established in Whitefield, Bengaluru, and is poised to significantly benefit industries in the region. With all customs formalities being completed at the depot itself, businesses will no longer need to travel to ports for customs duty. Additionally, a dedicated customs office and a cold storage facility will be established soon. This streamlined process will also reduce the lead time required to transport containers to the ports,” he said. 

The ICD-MMLP is expected to provide seamless connectivity to major ports like the New Mangalore Port and facilitate efficient rail and road transportation for both domestic and export-import cargo movements.

Situated in the Thandavapura industrial area, the COCOR has invested over Rs. 112.75 crore in the project, which spans across 60 acres of land acquired from the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board. The MMLP-ICD has three full-length platforms and stringent security measures, including fire-fighting systems and CCTV surveillance, to ensure operational safety and security. 

CONCOR Mysuru Division Manager Vijay Kumar said that the facility will feature a cold storage unit soon and provisions for customs clearance for both export and import cargo. Currently, industrialists in the Mysuru region have to obtain customs clearance at ports, but with this facility, the process will be conveniently available at their doorstep.

The ICD will empower industrialists to transport finished goods and raw materials through CONCOR to major ports and cities, benefiting from rail connectivity to almost all major cities, towns, and ports, including Mangalore Port and Chennai Port. 

“This initiative will not only enhance exports from the region but also streamline the transportation process, reducing the lead time required to ship containers to the ports,” Vijay Kumar explained.