Con­nect­ing the dots, cat­a­pult­ing trade

With the prom­ise of a smoother time for the mar­itime sec­tor, MIS 2016 has raised hopes. Ajit Venkatara­man, MD, APM Ter­mi­nals In­dia, shares his views.

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Through this ini­tia­tive, the gov­ern­ment has made clear its recog­ni­tion of ex­ist­ing con­straints/ is­sues as well as its com­mit­ment to cat­a­pult trade in In­dia to the next level. It is also in­dica­tive of its holis­tic vi­sion–fo­cussing equally on in­fra­struc­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, safety and en­vi­ron­ment. This is great news for us at APM Ter­mi­nals In­land Ser­vices South Asia, as we are com­mit­ted to the en­vi­ron­ment and safety of peo­ple, cargo and con­tain­ers. In ad­di­tion, we are com­mit­ted to bring­ing global best prac­tices and state-of-the-art in­fra­struc­ture into In­dia.

Sev­eral pos­i­tive mea­sures have been taken: In­tro­duc­tion of new strate­gies to de­velop road and rail net­works, re­newed im­pe­tus to the right and mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture, devel­op­ment of in­land wa­ter­ways as a crit­i­cal mode of trans­port, con­tin­ued em­pha­sis on Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship and a pro­fes­sional ap­proach. Th­ese will pro­vide a new lease of life to the ail­ing in­dus­try and help it reach its po­ten­tial.

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The gov­ern­ment has ad­dressed some of the pain points that ex­ist to­day through the Sa­gar­mala project and con­nec­tiv­ity of ports by road and rail. Th­ese well thought out mea­sures will en­sure a sig­nif­i­cant drop in the cost of lo­gis­tics, pro­vid­ing an un­prece­dented fil­lip to the sec­tor. The devel­op­ment of in­land wa­ter­ways will not only take growth to the In­dian hin­ter­land but also dras­ti­cally re­lease the load on high­ways and re­duce en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion. Ad­di­tion­ally, the

`1 an­nounce­ments of mo­bil­is­ing lakh crore for port sec­tor, dou­bling the port ca­pac­ity to 3,000 mil­lion tonnes by 2025 and in­vest­ment agree­ments to the tune of 80,000 crore are mile­stone de­vel­op­ments. ‘Project Un­nati’ to mod­ernise our ports will help re­duce in­ef­fi­cien­cies and im­prove op­er­a­tions adding to a ro­bust sup­ply chain. The an­nounce­ments made by the min­is­ter dove­tails well with what APM Ter­mi­nals In­land Ser­vices is do­ing in In­dia. The em­pha­sis on hin­ter­land devel­op­ment, op­er­at­ing ef­fi­cien­cies and en­hanced ser­vices will en­able us to de­liver higher ben­e­fits, cost sav­ings and ease of do­ing business for our cus­tomers across Nhava Sheva, Dadri, Chennai, Kochi, Tu­ti­corin and Pi­pavav. We are also more hope­ful of reach­ing un­met needs of the mar­kets across the coun­try.

Along with in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture, other fac­tors such as track and trace have to im­prove too Sev­eral pos­i­tive mea­sures have been taken such as in­tro­duc­tion of new strate­gies to de­velop road and rail net­works, mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture and more

Ajit Venkatara­man MD APM Ter­mi­nals In­dia

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