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Talking about the need and scope for reforms in logistics sector, ASSOCHAM organised a conference on 'India-on the Cusp of Logistics Revolution', on July 13,2017.
Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister, while inaugurating the conference highlighted that out of total road length of about 52 lakh kilometres, India's national highways' length accounted for only 96,000kms.
"About 40per cent of country's total traffic was plying on two per cent roads thereby leading to problems like increase in pollution and accidents. "We had thus decided to increase national highways' length to two lakh kilometres and Iam pleased to inform that till date we have declared 1.75lakh kms of road-length as national highway and in next three years we plan to shift 80-85per cent of country's total traffic on four per cent of national highways", added Mr. Gadkari.
Highlighting the various other initiatives of the government, he said that while cement-concrete roads are being constructed, they are also being widened so that heavy 20-30 tonne trucks can ply on the same. Besides, efforts are being made to shift logistics parks out of town.
"All these initiatives are aimed at reducing pollution levels, promote industrial development, bring down costs, generate employment, increase economic growth and boost exports," said the Union Minister.
"We are looking
into the successful practices employed internationally and willing to adopt the same, besides we are also willing to reform our technology and think out of box," he added.
With a view to significantly
bring down pollution levels, the government has decided to adopt and implement in totality the automobile standards in developed countries.
"We have recently decided to appoint a consultant to study all automobile standards for both fuel and vehicle in countries like Germany, France, UK, Sweden and implement it on the same lines in India", he informed.
He also said that government is looking towards promoting use of cost effective, import substitute, pollution free and indigenous technology as such thrust is being laid upon use of electric vehicles and green fuel like ethanol.
"We are going to bring in a policy to promote use of alternative fuel which is indigenous and pollution free as it will help in saving lot of time, bring down logistics cost by 4-6per cent which is currently about 14-18per cent unlike in China where it is 10-12 per centand in European countries where it is 12-14per cent," said Mr. Gadkari.
The union minister also said that he has proposed it to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath to promote use of ethanol as an alternate fuel in all types of bus services in the state, be it within cities or regional transport from district to district as UP leads India in ethanol production.
He added that improving the condition and promoting use of public transport is also the government's priority.
"We are planning to start double-decker, air-conditioned, executive-class bus services connecting metro cities like Delhi-Jaipur, Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Shimla, Delhi-Ludhiana and others," said Mr. Gadkari.
"Providing robust electric public-transport across India is one of our dreams and we are constantly working on the same by bringing new and innovative models, accepting fuel standards and changing automobile related laws," he said further.
He also said that such an initiative is aimed at discouraging people from using their own vehicles. "The pace at which the number of cars is rising across India, we might have to add another lane on roads which is likely to cost us heavily."
Panelists at the Session 2. GST,Digitisation and Technology
Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Shipping, Roads Transport and Highways addressing the audience.
Mr. Nitin Gedkeri, Union Minister for Shipping, Roads Transport and Highways sharing a light moment with Mr. Sandeep Jajodia, President, ASSOCHAM