PPP model pro­posed for ware­houses

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Rail­way Min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu has pre­sented the ex­pen­di­ture for rail­way freight sec­tor in the bud­get 2016-17. The high­lights in­clude in­vest­ment in new freight cor­ri­dor, lo­gis­tics parks and ware­houses to be cre­ated on PPP model and first rail-auto lo­gis­tics hub in Chen­nai sig­nals the fo­cus on sound in­fra­struc­ture. “To cap­ture the au­to­mo­bile traf­fic, we will soon in­au­gu­rate In­dia’s first rail-auto hub in Chen­nai,” Prabhu in­formed the Par­lia­ment while pre­sent­ing the Rail­way Bud­get 2016-17. Ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter, in­ad­e­quacy of ware­hous­ing and trans­porta­tion fa­cil­i­ties is one of main rea­sons that keep po­ten­tial cus­tomers away from the rail­ways. “In or­der to com­plete the chain of trans­porta­tion, it is pro­posed to de­velop rail-side lo­gis­tics parks and ware­hous­ing,” the min­is­ter said.

A first ever rail auto-hub will come up in Chen­nai, while freight cor­ri­dors will come in North-South con­nect­ing Delhi to Chen­nai, East-West will con­nect Kharag­pur to Mum­bai and East Coast con­nect­ing Kharag­pur to Vijayawada. The pro­posed in­vest­ment plan in the Rail Bud­get 2016-17 in­cludes ‘time-tabled’ freight con­tainer ser­vices, a first for the depart­ment, par­cel and spe­cial com­mod­ity trains. As per the Bud­get, Rail­ways will ra­tio­nalise freight rates so as to make it more com­pet­i­tive as com­pared to the road sec­tor.

“Over­all, the bud­get ap­pears to be in line with the govern­ment’s agenda of long term ca­pac­ity build­ing. The ef­fec­tive­ness of this bud­get on per­for­mance and fi­nan­cials of rail­ways will be the out­come of dili­gent ex­e­cu­tion of stated plans. The set­ting up of Rail Univer­sity and in­crease in track ca­pac­ity tar­get are good moves. Ex­pan­sion of DFC and North­east net­work ex­pan­sion plans are en­cour­ag­ing. Chen­nai Auto hub is an ex­cit­ing ini­tia­tive.

Al­lo­ca­tion of funds for in­no­va­tions and use of drones for pro­ject mon­i­tor­ing will have a pos­i­tive im­pact. More needs to be known about com­pre­hen­sive freight study. That clearly needs to be the fo­cus for rail­ways.”

Vi­neet Agar­wal, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, TCI Group

“De­liv­ery ca­pa­bil­i­ties of lo­gis­tics play­ers are set to im­prove with an­nounce­ments like Trans­port De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and multi-modal de­pots. We are also pleased to know that the min­istry has put to­gether a pro­posed in­vest­ment plan that will in­clude cru­cial ar­eas like net­work ex­pan­sion, high speed rail, el­e­vated cor­ri­dor, sta­tion re­de­vel­op­ment and lo­gis­tics park. The an­nounce­ment of lo­gis­tics and ware­house parks to be cre­ated on PPP mode is also a step in the right di­rec­tion.

The pro­posal of build­ing ded­i­cated freight cor­ri­dors to boost North-South, East-West con­nec­tiv­ity will also prove very use­ful. We are keen to see the pi­lot that would be run­ning around the time-ta­ble freight con­tainer train.

Com­mis­sion­ing ded­i­cated freight cor­ri­dors are the need of the hour and we hope that this an­nounce­ment would be ex­e­cuted well. Con­nec­tiv­ity of air­ports with rail­ways would give a boost to the per­ish­able goods sec­tor and this would en­cour­age the use of mul­ti­modal trans­porta­tion.”

“It is a for­ward look­ing growth ori­ented bud­get. Mon­etis­ing land on tracks by leas­ing out for horticulture and tea plan­ta­tions is a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment as this will pro­vide op­ti­mum us­age of the prop­er­ties. Se­condly, the broad-gauge that will con­nect Lumd­ing-Silchar sec­tion con­nect­ing Barak Val­ley with the rest of the coun­try will help the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try and is a wel­come move.

As Lumd­ing-Silchar con­nec­tiv­ity has al­ways been a crit­i­cal point of North-East, this de­vel­op­ment will def­i­nitely bring in easy ac­cess to the North East sec­tion. Lo­gis­tics and ware­house parks to be cre­ated on PPP mode are also a ben­e­fi­ciary side for the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try de­pend­ing on how the lo­gis­tics and parks will be cre­ated.”

Di­rec­tor In­land World Lo­gis­tics

Raj So­mani

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Al­varez and Marsal

Man­ish Saigal

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