Lo­gis­tics: Cru­cial for ‘Make in In­dia’

Huned Gandhi, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor In­dia – Air & Sea Lo­gis­tics, Dachser In­dia, talks about the sec­tor’s con­tri­bu­tion.

Cargo Talk - - Interview - Huned Gandhi

The ‘Make in In­dia’ cam­paign will have an op­ti­mistic im­pact on the sec­tor but lots needs to be done in terms of in­fra­struc­ture, be it road, rail, air­ports

QWill

‘Make in In­dia’ get dis­rupted with­out lo­gis­tics?

Lo­gis­tics is cru­cial for busi­ness to thrive in any coun­try. In­dia is al­ready mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion to en­hance its in­fra­struc­ture for air­ports, sea­ports, roads and con­tainer freight sta­tions. This will help in sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing the lay time for the move­ment of goods and im­prove the over­all cost ef­fec­tive­ness to help MNCs man­u­fac­tur­ing in In­dia com­pete in lo­cal and global mar­kets. Poor in­fra­struc­ture could prove to be an ob­sta­cle to MNCs want­ing to set up shop in In­dia which may also ham­per the ‘ Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme. ‘Make in In­dia’ is an im­por­tant ini­tia­tive which needs to be backed up by de­vel­op­ment of a ro­bust in­fra­struc­ture at par with the de­vel­oped world. Also the im­por­tance given to the cur­rent ‘Ease of do­ing busi­ness in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive is likely to at­tract more com­pa­nies to ‘Make in In­dia’. QHow

this cam­paign is go­ing to af­fect the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try?

This cam­paign will have an op­ti­mistic im­pact as lo­gis­tics plays a key role for all man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries and the in­creased ac­tiv­ity achieved through the ‘Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme will cre­ate a strong growth in de­mand for lo­gis­tics ser­vices in the coun­try. In­dia pro­vides an ex­cel­lent en­vi­ron­ment for man­u­fac­tur­ers in terms of a sta­ble econ­omy, man­power sup­ply, knowl­edge, nat­u­ral re­sources and com­pet­i­tive costs. QThis

cam­paign will bring in in­vest­ment in In­dia. But will it help the lo­gis­tics sec­tor in terms of tech­nol­ogy? Will it have an im­pact on the com­pet­i­tive sce­nario?

It will cer­tainly bring in ef­fi­ciency and with GST sched­uled to be in­tro­duced, the coun­try is well po­si­tioned for take­off. There is still a lot of work to do when it comes to de­vel­op­ment of roads and there is a need to im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity with the rail yards, sea­ports and air­ports to the ma­jor in­dus­trial ar­eas. In­dia can also en­hance its in­land wa­ter­ways for trans­porta­tion. Wa­ter is the cheap­est mode of trans­port and will also help to re­duce con­ges­tion on the roads.

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor In­dia – Air & Sea Lo­gis­tics Dachser In­dia

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