The proper completion of the multi-modal logistic hub at Pithampur -- which is to be part of the Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow investment node under the DMIC (Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor) project - will depend, to a large extent, on the Indian railways, says a study.
The DMIC Development Corporation (DMICDC) has conceived a multimodal logistic hub at Pithampur as part of development of Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow investment node.
The hub is envisaged as a facility that will improve logistics-integration of the region, thereby driving the industrial growth with improvement in cost competitiveness of the industry, says a report prepared by a DMICDC-appointed consultant.
The hub will provide facilities and services for collection, distribution, storage and transportation of goods meant for exports and imports at competitive costs and fast turnaround times.
However, a report adds that several proposed and ongoing rail projects have to be completed for smooth connectivity.
After interaction with the state government, a site located along the NH-3 Bypass near Pithampur has been delineated for the purpose.
Considering the long term demands, an area of 175 hectares has been considered, so that infrastructure investments are not duplicated and land acquisition problems are not faced at the time of future expansion.
Considering that the multi modal logistic hub will serve the industrial areas in the districts of Indore, Dhar, Dewas, Ujjain and Shahjapur and some amount of through traffic, a study has been done to calculate the potential demand in the five districts. The catchment area for the potential demand primarily includes industrial areas of Pithampur, Dewas and Indore.
ONGOING RAILWAY PROJECTS IN THE REGION
Chhota Udepur - Dhar rail line project (was expected to complete by 2011-12, but delayed due to land acquisition issues)
Dahod-Indore rail line project. (Delayed due to land acquisition issues)
Mhow-Manmad rail line project (Proposed)
Ratlam-Mhow-Khandwa-Akola gauge conversion work. (Ongoing)