In­dian Rail­ways em­pha­sises on new trans­port pol­icy

Re­cently, the In­sti­tute of Rail Trans­port (IRT) or­gan­ised a sem­i­nar in New Delhi on `Resur­gence of Trans­porta­tion and Lo­gis­tic in In­dia’. The sem­i­nar was ad­dressed by Arunen­dra Ku­mar, Chair­man, Rail­way Board and Pres­i­dent, IRT; Su­bodh Jain, Vice Pres­i­dent

Cargo Talk - - Contents -

IRT was es­tab­lished in 1964 as an au­ton­o­mous so­ci­ety with its head­quar­ters in New Delhi. Ku­mar high­lighted the cru­cial role be­ing played by IRT in the de­vel­op­ment of rail­way trans­port and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try in In­dia. “Trans­porta­tion and lo­gis­tics are the back­bone of any econ­omy. Plus, there is a need to draw a road-map for sus­tain­able growth of this sec­tor,” he said. As the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia is soon go­ing to fi­nalise the Na­tional Trans­port Pol­icy, the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try in In­dia will play the very sig­nif­i­cant role in the years to come, he said. The Na­tional Trans­port De­vel­op­ment Pol­icy Com­mit­tee ( NTDPC), which drafted this pol­icy, has al­ready put an in­terim re­port of this pol­icy in the pub­lic do­main. Ku­mar pointed out that the in­terim re­port has high­lighted the need for cre­at­ing suf­fi­cient ca­pac­ity for the next 20 years in key trans­port modes. Ku­mar said that the Min­istry of Rail­ways is also gear­ing up to meet fu­ture re­quire­ments of this sec­tor of In­dian econ­omy.

Jain em­pha­sised that the coun­try would need an ef­fi­cient trans­porta­tion and lo­gis­tics in­fra­struc­ture to meet the de­mand in terms of both vol­umes and value ad­di­tion of its ser­vices. He said ap­pro­pri­ate strate­gies need to be evolved for ad­dress­ing the is­sues faced by this sec­tor.

In his ad­dress, Pandey said that growth in this sec­tor is es­sen­tial for the coun­try’s eco­nomic growth. “The world has started see­ing a resur­gence in the de­mand for rail trans­port. There is a shift to­wards in­ter­modal lo­gis­ti­cal so­lu­tions. There will be a need to amend laws, in­duct tech­nol­ogy and change mind­sets, if we have to take steps to meet cus­tomer de­mands,” he ob­served. Pandey also main­tained that pric­ing pol­icy, in­vest­ment and fi­nanc­ing strat­egy will have to be an­a­lysed for growth in this sec­tor.

The two-day sem­i­nar had four ses­sions, namely, `Cur­rent State of Trans­porta­tion and Lo­gis­tics Sec­tor in In­dia’, `Ex­pec­ta­tions of Con­sumers of the Trans­porta­tion and Lo­gis­tics Sec­tor and So­lu­tions for their Re­al­i­sa­tion’, `Vi­sion and Strat­egy for the fu­ture growth of the Trans­port and Lo­gis­tics Sec­tor’ and `Fu­ture Roadmap for the Trans­porta­tion and Lo­gis­tics In­dus­try’.

The sem­i­nar was a part of its Golden Ju­bilee year cel­e­bra­tions, in­tend­ing to fo­cus on present and pro­posed fu­ture of the trans­port and lo­gis­tics sec­tor in ar­eas of pol­icy, its im­ple­men­ta­tion and syn­ergy with the na­tional and global econ­omy.

Jain, Ku­mar and Pandey re­leas­ing a Re­port at the sem­i­nar. The sem­i­nar fea­tured dis­cus­sions on how to main­tain the in­crease in the growth rate of this sec­tor.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.