BRIDG­ING THE GAP

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.

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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

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